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FPL rising stars: Trent Alexander-Arnold

The Scout 30 May 2018
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool

Teenage full-back can remain a regular starter for Fantasy managers and Liverpool despite strong competition

The Scout looks at players expected to progress and make a big impact in 2018/19 Fantasy Premier League.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

The Liverpool right-back can become a Fantasy favourite.

Priced at only £4.5m in the season just gone, Alexander-Arnold started behind Joe Gomez in the pecking order.

He made only eight appearances in the first 25 Gameweeks.

But the 19-year-old became a regular on Jurgen Klopp's teamsheet over the final few months.

Alexander-Arnold started 10 of the final 13 Gameweeks, only missing out when rested around UEFA Champions League matches.

Outshining Robertson

His delivery proved a crucial weapon in Liverpool's armoury, as Klopp allowed both of his full-backs to raid forward.

Certain statistics suggest Alexander-Arnold could be set for more points than Andrew Robertson.

The right-back bettered the left-back for successful crosses, by 17 to 11, and chances created, 25 to 24, despite playing fewer minutes.

Alexander-Arnold's stock was also boosted by being given a share of set-piece duties.

Liverpool full-backs in 2017/18
  Alexander-Arnold Robertson
Mins/shot 131.3 161.9
Mins/chance created 65.6               81.0           
Mins/successful cross 92.6 176.6

Liverpool's improved resilience since the arrival of Virgil van Dijk is another major factor in his favour.

From the point of the centre-back's debut in Gameweek 24, their eight clean sheets were more than any other side.

Alexander-Arnold's potential to produce goals and assists, as well as points from clean sheets, helped him average 4.4 points per match.

However, his ownership in FPL peaked at a modest 327,000 in Gameweek 38.

Triple competition

The teenager will have increased competition for a starting spot in the upcoming season.

He will battle with Gomez, the fit-again Nathaniel Clyne and perhaps even new signing Fabinho.

But Alexander-Arnold has the talent to rise above that challenge to play a more significant role in Fantasy in 2018/19.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL rising stars: Jordan Pickford
Part 3: FPL rising stars: Ben Chilwell
Part 4: FPL rising stars: Benjamin Mendy
Part 5: FPL rising stars: Roberto Pereyra
Part 6: FPL rising stars: Jose Izquierdo
Part 7: FPL rising stars: Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Part 8: FPL rising stars: Jesse Lingard
Part 9: FPL rising stars: Manuel Lanzini
Part 10: FPL rising stars: Chris Wood
Part 11: FPL rising stars: Cenk Tosun
Part 12: FPL rising stars: Steve Mounie
Part 13: FPL rising stars: Kelechi Iheanacho

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