Trent Alexander-Arnold/Mo Salah relationship.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has opened up on the successful on-pitch relationship he shares with Liverpool teammate Mo Salah.
The pair form one of the most frightening combinations in the Premier League, regularly dovetailing on the right side of Liverpool’s line-up to devastating effect.
Pair form devastating combination.
Alexander-Arnold is the epitome of the modern full-back, with his ball-playing ability now one of Liverpool’s key attacking weapons, while Salah has continued to form his reputation as the greatest current player in the world with some sensational performances this season.
Salah’s 2017 arrival at Anfield coincided with academy product Alexander-Arnold’s emergence as a first-team regular, and ever since then, the duo have contributed massively to the club’s success in England and in Europe.
But what makes them such a lethal unit? Alexander-Arnold has answered this question in an interview with The Athletic, which was published on Friday.
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“Our relationship is very natural.”
“It just happens naturally,” the England international explains.
“It depends on the opposition, too. We are able to identify weaknesses and weak points in our opposition, so throughout the game we might talk about what will work.
“I might say, ‘Stay inside and drag their full-back in as much as you can and leave the space on the outside for me’. Or he might be wider and I’m inside. We just have to identify what it is we can do to hurt the opposition and we adapt to that in-game.
“Our relationship is very natural. We both try to allow each other to play our own game. I will give him the ball and if he is in and around the box I will leave him to it.
“He will go and express himself, go and do something special. He will do the same for me. There is no moaning or arguments.
“We are two players who understand that we like making things happen, we like to take risks and want to be involved in as many goals as we can so we try to allow each other to do that.”
Liverpool missing Mo Salah.
It’s an interesting assessment of a partnership that Liverpool fans will be hoping to see for years to come, but with the Egyptian’s future remaining in doubt, none of that is guaranteed.
Reds fans got a glimpse of life after Salah on Thursday night when Jurgen Klopp’s side drew 0-0 with 10-man Arsenal in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.
With Salah currently away at the African Cup of Nations, Liverpool only registered one shot on target during the game and it’s clear that Alexander-Arnold would prefer to have his illustrious teammate back on Merseyside.
All Liverpool supporters will be praying that the 29-year-old comes back from Cameroon in one piece and if he and Alexander-Arnold pick up where they left off, the club are sure to be fighting for honours come the end of the season, even if a Premier League title win is looking unlikely.