The right-back, that has already equaled his own record for assists in a season, says the team’s focus is on defence, but his partner is not so sure.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has insisted that clean sheets are more important to him than aids, but the other member of Liverpool’s leading full-back duo, Andrew Robertson, believes”it is all about getting the balance right”.
The pair have been instrumental in defence and attack for the Merseysiders this year as they’ve opened up a commanding 22-point guide at the peak of the Premier League table.
Despite saying he wished to expand his record for assists by a defender in a Premier League season, which he set at 12 final season and has equalled this year, England right-back Alexander-Arnold said he believed that a strong defensive record was essential to the Reds’ success this effort.
“It is defending. It is the foundation to any outcome. You get a clean sheet, you can not lose the game. That’s our mindset,” the 22-year-old told Sky Sports.
“If we build the bases with the defensive work rather than conceding, we then have the attackers and the midfielders and also ourselves to proceed and create goals.
“More times than not we do score in games, so if we keep clean sheets we’ll win games.”
Robertson, the left-back who chipped in with 11 assists last campaign and contains seven so much in 2019-20, stated that while defending was crucial, the aid of the midfield enables the pair to get ahead, as director Jurgen Klopp wants.
“Trent has stated we feel that we can keep clean sheets and I think that the midfield is vital to this,” he explained as he sat alongside Alexander-Arnold.
“The manager would like us to get forward, he would not be happy if me and Trent were simply stumbled on the halfway line defending and the back four only remained where they are.
“It is up to us to take the chances to get forward when we believe it’s right.
“We have folks like Fabinho, [Jordan Henderson, [James Milner] and [Georgino Wijnaldum] who’ll pay for us, or sometimes they move and we pay for them.
“It is all about getting the balance right. Various games see various spaces open up and on the wings there’s sometimes lots of distance that we will need to capitalise on.
“It is no use to us if we are just sitting back and focusing on the blank sheet since we all know we can create opportunities and we have proven that.”