Liverpool: 3 keys to victory against Manchester United on Thursday

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Liverpool, Trent Alexander-Arnold
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Make use of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s early deliveries

There are few finer passers of the ball from wide positions than Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has firmly established himself as one of the very best right backs on the planet. “TAA” will have a tough matchup in the resurgent Luke Shaw, who is finally starting to live up to his potential.

But there should be space on that right-hand side in the middle of the pitch. Alexander-Arnold has prime real estate to send in crosses without much pressure to Roberto Firmino, who can then knock it down to Mohamed Salah. Or he can finish it himself with his astute heading.

Liverpool have been struggling for goals beyond Salah due to down years in front of the net from the other members of the starting front three, but Alexander-Arnold’s chance-creation is still an asset that can help coax a goal or two from the Reds this week.

According to, Alexander-Arnold currently leads Liverpool with two key passes per game. That’s a fantastic number for a right back, and it’s something that could pay dividends against United. TAA only has five assists this season – for him, that’s a low number – but I wouldn’t be surprised if he bags a sixth at Old Trafford.