The opportunity to become February’s Standard Chartered Player of the Month only comes around once a season. So, you can imagine Trent Alexander-Arnold is tickled with delight to receive the honor for his performances for Liverpool during the shortest month. Trent was in the running against Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson. Those two will be devastated to have missed out but that’s football.
It wasn’t Liverpool’s most convincing month of action but it did kick off with a bang. It was the 4-0 win over Southampton at Anfield that gave us all a false sense of security for the weeks to follow. A difficult 1-0 victory at Norwich City provided warning signs of fatigue but it was the away loss to Atlético Madrid followed by more struggles in the 3-2 win at West Ham that paved the way for Liverpool’s first loss of the season at Watford on the 29th.
Trent’s pair of assists against West Ham were instrumental to Jürgen Klopp’s team gaining the three points in a topsy-turvy affair in London. He was named Man of the Match for his performance in getting Liverpool over the line.
December’s major award was also given to Alexander-Arnold. That was a month which included big wins over Everton, RB Salzburg and Leicester City, as well as Liverpool becoming World Champions at the Club World Cup.
At 21-years-old, Trent is still in the infancy of his football career and already putting in world class performances and getting all the best accolades for his contributions to Klopp’s team.
I don’t know what’s to become of our beloved football in the short term, but it’s easy to see that Trent will have a significant influence on Liverpool’s future success.