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Trent Alexander-Arnold: Liverpool teammate Salah is the best player in the world

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold says his teammate Mohamed Salah is the best player in the world right now.

As reported by the club’s website, the right-back said the Egyptian is enjoying an incredible campaign.

The forward is breaking all sorts of records. He currently has 22 goals in 23 appearances in all competitions this season. The latest records come after the club’s 3-1 against Newcastle on Thursday evening.

Salah has now scored or assisted in each of his last 15 Premier League matches. It equals the record set by Leicester striker Jamie Vardy in 2015. Additionally, the winger is the first Liverpool player to score in five successive Anfield league matches against Newcastle.

The Reds also achieved a major milestone with the victory. It was their 2,000th top-flight win, becoming the first English team to reach that landmark.

And while Alexander-Arnold was on the scoresheet, all of his praise went in the direction of superstar Salah.

Salah wants to “put his name in the history books”

“He is the best player in the world right now, it goes without saying,” the right-back said of Salah. “He’s scoring or creating or doing everything game in, game out. He’s having an incredible season.

“I think that’s on his mind, he wants to break every record in the book, he wants to go and put his name in the history books. He’s doing that, he’s done that from the first season he came in. He hasn’t taken his foot off the pedal, he’ll be looking to break every record he can again.”

Is Alexander-Arnold the best right-back in the world?

Alexander-Arnold did, however, join his teammate in the headlines. The defender smashed in a thundering strike from outside the box to help secure all three points against the Magpies.

He now boasts 40 assists and ten goals in 144 Premier League appearances. 

Seven of those ten goals have come from outside the box. Of all players to score at least ten goals for Liverpool in the competition, only Xabi Alonso has a higher share of goals outside the box.

The likes of Mesut Ozil, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Christian Eriksen and James Maddison have been the leaders for chances created in the league over the years. But Alexander-Arnold tops this year’s list, a hugely impressive feat for a defender.

The full-back has been at the very top of his game for the last couple of years. Throughout that time, he has been putting his case forward to be the world’s best right-back. Perhaps there is not much doubt anymore, with his performances continuing to catch the attention of everyone following the sport.

Reflecting on his stunning strike, Alexander-Arnold said: “I’ve been waiting for that for five years now, waiting to hit it clean like that. I’ve had a few from the edge of the box and I’ve dragged them and things like that.

“I’ve caught that one sweet and it’s nestled in the top corner. It was a clean strike and obviously kind of put the game to bed.”

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Peter Lynch

Sports Journalism graduate from the University of Stirling, huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan, currently working as a freelancer.

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