Ratings: 8/10 Alexander-Arnold shines in new role, Liverpool keep top-four push

Ratings: 8/10 Alexander-Arnold shines in new role, Liverpool keep top-four push
By Communication
May 05

Ratings: 8/10 Alexander-Arnold shines in new role, Liverpool keep top-four push

Liverpool kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive with an impressive victory over Southampton at Anfield. The Reds dominated possession and could have scored more goals, but their finishing let them down on several occasions. However, the highlight of the game was Trent Alexander-Arnold’s performance in a new role in midfield.

Alexander-Arnold shines in midfield

The Englishman has been one of the standout performers for Liverpool over the past few seasons, but this season has been a mixed bag for him. However, against Southampton, he showed his versatility by playing in a more advanced role in midfield.

Alexander-Arnold was excellent on the ball, keeping the tempo high and dictating play from deep. He was also involved in several attacking moves, creating chances for his teammates and even testing the Southampton goalkeeper with a long-range shot.

While it remains to be seen if Alexander-Arnold will continue to play in midfield, his performance against Southampton certainly gives Jurgen Klopp something to think about.

Liverpool’s attack misfires again

Despite their dominant performance, Liverpool could only manage to score two goals against Southampton. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring early in the first half, while Thiago Alcantara doubled the lead with a stunning strike in the second half. However, Liverpool could have scored several more goals, but their finishing let them down once again.

Sadio Mane was guilty of missing a gilt-edged chance in the second half, while Salah and Diogo Jota also missed good opportunities. Klopp will be hoping that his side can be more clinical in front of goal in their remaining fixtures.

Liverpool’s defence looked solid once again, with Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak forming a formidable partnership at the back. The back four was rarely troubled by Southampton, and Alisson Becker had a quiet evening in goal as a result.

Liverpool’s top-four hopes still alive

The win over Southampton keeps Liverpool’s hopes of a top-four finish alive. The Reds are currently sitting in sixth place in the Premier League table, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. However, they have a game in hand over the Blues and could close the gap to three points with a win.

Liverpool’s remaining fixtures include games against Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion, Burnley, and Crystal Palace. While they face tough tests against United and Burnley, Klopp will be confident that his side can pick up maximum points from the other two fixtures.


Overall, it was a good performance from Liverpool, who looked sharp and dominant throughout the game. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s performance in midfield was a highlight, and he will be hoping to continue playing in that position going forward.

However, Klopp will be concerned about his side’s lack of clinical finishing, which has been a recurring theme this season. Liverpool will need to be more ruthless in front of goal if they are to secure a top-four finish and salvage something from a disappointing campaign.

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