Will Fabinho's Liverpool arrival lift Trent Alexander-Arnold to new heights?
At a pace and efficiency unseen in the current transfer market, Monaco's Fabinho has completed a transfer to Liverpool. The Brazilian defensive midfielder has been a rampant force in France since his breakout season in 16/17. He will be sure to reinforce the shaky core of Jurgen Klopp's squad.
Given Fabinho's array of talents, it would come as no surprise to see his addition benefit the Anfield outfit all around. Perhaps most exciting, however, is what may become of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Breakout Season
Due to the long-term absence of Nathaniel Clyne, Alexander-Arnold has established himself over anyone else in Liverpool's right-back position, with a handful of stellar performances in the Champion's League. Despite Clyne's return, he has maintained his spot and warded off competition from those such as Joe Gomez.
While Fabinho boasts a dazzling array of talents on the ball such as his timely manner of interception and passing confidence, he brings a world-class level of off-the-ball movement. Perhaps due to the fact that the 24-year-old began his career at right-back, the defensive midfielder is adept at covering the right flank from his midfield position.
It is due to Fabinho's intelligent cover that former Monaco teammate Djibril Sidibe was able to bomb down the right side of the pitch and provide further attacking support. It will surely be a dream of the Liverpool faithful to see Alexander Arnold given the same license to maraud down the flank at opposition defenders. The young Englishman clearly has a propensity for attack, given his ability to play as a ball-carrying midfielder when required, and his fine demonstration of crossing from the right. Let us also not forget his wicked free-kick against Hoffenheim in the qualifying round for Europe's top competition.
Fabinho's arrival will relieve the England international of some defensive pressure. This is a two-fold benefit, as the freedom of a charging Alexander-Arnold will lessen the creative burden of Mohamed Salah, allowing the Egyptian to drift further inside to bag even more goals.
Developing his attacking game will be a pivotal time in Alexander-Arnold's career. It is something many English fans will look forward to in this summer's World Cup. He is set to compete with Kieron Trippier for the right-sided wing-back slot. Not only will the Liverpool youngster enhance his experience attacking in the final third, he can also lock in his place in future tournaments should Gareth Southgate and his five-man defence stick around.
With the highly anticipated arrival of Fabinho, the future looks bright for Trent Alexander-Arnold. He may yet become somewhat of a cult-hero should he be allowed to bomb down the right and join the attacking masterclass that the Reds can clearly display. WIth the approaching World Cup, Liverpool's youngest starting squad-member will certainly want to further prove his attacking talent to manager Jurgen Klopp.
Alexander-Arnold may prove to be yet another threat to top teams among a side consisting of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and perhaps (if the rumours are to believed) Nabil Fekir. The title race may be a point of real contention in the Premier League once again.