The Most Influential Defender In The Champions League Is A Huge Surprise
When you think of the most influential defenders in Europe, your mind immediately wanders to the likes of Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique and Giorgio Chiellini and David Alaba. And rightly so, given that these four players have been some of the finest, most reliable defenders on the planet for years, now.
One team you would not associate with influential defenders, is Liverpool.
While Jurgen Klopp's men are a delight to watch going forward, with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane as enjoyable an attacking trio as you're likely to see in this season's Champions League, defensively, the Reds have been found wanting on more than one occasion.
So how is it that teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has been named as the most influential defensive player so far in this season's Champions League?
Big result tonight:muscle: quality from the boys and amazing support as usual! We go again at Anfield :red_circle: #66 pic.twitter.com/o8hwBeQ1Ln- Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) February 14, 2018
Well, online gambling company BetStars have pieced together some stats in their search to find the best defensive player in Europe's elite competition, this term and the Liverpool youngster has emerged as the number one player.
Trent Alexander-Arnold... The most influential defensive player in the Champions League this season! :heart: pic.twitter.com/RbPMTVEHPX- Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) March 6, 2018
It is also worth noting that it's not just defenders, but also goalkeepers that are ranked on the list, meaning even world class talents like David De Gea and Ederson fall beneath the teeanger.
No one can deny Alexander-Arnold's potential, with the 19-year-old turning in a string of eye catching performances since being promoted to the Liverpool first team, but for him to be ranked above Europe's finest is more than a bit surprising, to say the least.
BetStars used four metrics (individual contribution, team performance, home advantage,strength of opposition) to devise their scores, which leaves the likes of the aforementioned Alaba and Pique in his wake, along with Alvaro Arbeloa, Nicolas Otamendi and Samuel Umtiti.
But what do you think? Is Alexander-Arnold deserving of such an accolade at this stage of the competition or are BetStars metrics a load of rubbish?
Have your say in the comments section, below.
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