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man-of-the-match performance in Liverpool's 4-2 win over Manchester United does not convince Gareth Southgate to reconsider his stance on the 22-year-old's England involvement, then perhaps nothing will.Alexander-Arnold was the best player on the pitch at Old Trafford as Southgate watched on from the stands.
The England boss has plenty of options in the right-back position.But none of them can do the things Alexander-Arnold does when he is at his best."It's unique that a full-back is the most creative player in any football team, but that's what he is for this team said Jamie Carragher.
His performance was an exhibition in elite-level distribution.There was the trademark set-piece threat, shown by the pinpoint delivery powered into the net by Roberto Firmino for Liverpool's first goal, and there were also deft through-balls to carve United open and stunning long-range passes, one of which put Sadio Mane through on goal.There was plenty more, too.Alexander-Arnold had four shots - one of which allowed Firmino to convert his second goal - and ranked top among Liverpool players for chances created (five passes in the opposition's half (32 and passes into the box (nine).He was irrepressible and not for the first time recently.Indeed, this performance did not come from nowhere.