Liverpool 2-0 Atletico Madrid: Why Trent Alexander-Arnold is a weapon England cannot afford to waste

Alexander-Arnold assisted Liverpool's win over Atletico Madrid with assists - in 176 appearances for Reds in the Premier League or Champions League, he has scored 9 goals and provided 48 assists
His performance against Atletico Madrid should convince anyone that Trent Alexander-Arnold should become England's first-choice right back.

Although I don't need to be reminded of how great Trent is, moments such as his cross for Liverpool's goal on Wednesday are still memorable and make you think 'wow!

This kind of quality makes him an exceptional player.

Although it's close between them and Chelsea's Reece James, James just doesn't have the same impeccable delivery as Trent. This is what I value.

A machine that assists the person when he is deep.

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Alexander-Arnold's success is due to the Liverpool game - he played in the first half as a right-sided player, that was because he was so high up on the pitch.

People who claim he can play in central midfield for England miss the point. This is a totally different role than the one he plays for his club, when he links up to Mohamed Salah down the left.

He is always approaching the ball from a deeper place with Liverpool. He saw the bigger picture every time he saw the Atletico goals.

He can play in midfield, but he's not able to see what's going on in the field.

Alexander-Arnold made his debut in 2018 and has since played 14 games for the England senior soccer team, including one match in central midfield against Andorra. Alexander-Arnold has one goal and one assist

Gareth Southgate will announce his next squad on Thursday. However, I doubt that using him in midfield is a worthwhile experiment. There are still ways to get him into England's team that uses a different system than Liverpool.

Gareth Southgate plays sometimes with wingbacks. I can only imagine Alexander-Arnold succeeding there, going at teams from deep.

England, who will play right-back against Albania and San Marino in their next two World Cup qualifiers in 11 days, won't notice. They will win.

Trent's strength is in tight games against stronger opposition. Trent's brilliant runs and crosses can make all the difference.

He is quick and has a great ability to pass the ball. It is no surprise that he has so many assists in Liverpool's football team. England should make the most of his talents to score goals.

It's more than just noise

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson says that Liverpool fans ensured there was tension at Anfield on Wednesday.

Liverpool's win against Atletico was a breeze, but it was due to an excellent team performance. The crowd also played an important role, as is the case so often at Anfield.

It is possible to argue that you have come to expect a great atmosphere at events like these, but it is how the crowd behaves that matters most.

It's something I've seen many times. Wednesday night was not only a European Night, but a European Night where people think they are up against an extremely good side. It could be close.

There is tension in the air. This is why I believe the best players love it. It is another sign that the game is unique and is different from the rest.

They all responded to the Atletico match, not just Alexander Arnold. I could easily go through the entire team and all of them impressed me.

So far, so good.

Liverpool have two games left in the group and are now through to the 16th round

Liverpool won four of the four games in a difficult group, and they are certain to finish first.

Jurgen Klopp, Reds boss, could not have asked for a better result. He will be able to let players rest in their final two groups games if necessary.

It helped them keep their unbeaten season going. This is a huge advantage for their team's current momentum.

This season, Liverpool is the Premier League's only unbeaten team. The Premier League's unbeaten side is Liverpool. In Europe's top five leagues (France, Spain, Italy and Germany), Freiburg is the only other unbeaten team. They are also not participating in any European competition.

There were some stumbles, especially defensively.

Atletico's damage limitation approach, after being reduced to 10 players so early, meant that we didn't see if Liverpool had tightened up after conceding goals against Brighton.

Klopp also has some minor injuries, particularly in midfield. His side is not in a perfect spot.

Let's not forget that they haven’t lost yet. They haven't been beaten in 25 games since April 6.

While we can discuss areas they could improve on, I don’t believe they are doing anything wrong. We saw them against Atletico just how great they can be when things go right.

Mark Lawrenson spoke to Chris Bevan, BBC Sport.