Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold has clinched the coveted PFA Fans' Player of the Month award for December, capping off a remarkable end to 2023 for the vice-captain during which he bagged one goal, two assists and three clean sheets.
The month kicked off with Alexander-Arnold orchestrating a breathtaking 4-3 comeback victory against Fulham at Anfield on 3 December.
His 10th-minute free-kick, though credited as a Bernd Leno own goal, gave the Reds the lead but with the Reds finding themselves trailing 2-3 in the final 10 minutes, a quickfire double from Wataru Endo and Alexander-Arnold sealed a dramatic victory.
Then, just before Christmas, he got yet another assist: this time in the top-of-the-table clash against Arsenal at Anfield. His raking long-range pass picked out Mohamed Salah, who scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw.
Solid in defence too
As perhaps an answer to his critics, the right-back also showed how crucial he was to the Reds' defence throughout December.
This helped the 25-year-old to see off competition from Chelsea's Cole Palmer, Bournemouth's Dominic Solanke, Tottenham's Richarlison, West Ham's Mohammed Kudus and Aston Villa's Leon Bailey in the public vote.
Congratulations, @TrentAA 👏
— Professional Footballers’ Association (@PFA) January 16, 2024
A big loss
Now, though, with news that Alexander-Arnold is set to miss "a few weeks" after hyperextending his knee in the FA Cup win over Arsenal, the England international's absence could be about to be acutely felt.
That said, Connor Bradley's excellent performance in the 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Fulham will give fans reason for optimism that the Northern Irishman can keep the spot warm until Trent's eventual return to action - hopefully in time for the trip to Arsenal on 4 February.