No one had a better day on Tuesday than Liverpool’s right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. The impressive 18-year-old Scouser made his European debut as Liverpool made their triumphant return to the Champions League, thanks to a injury to first choice defender Nathaniel Clyne. And what’s a better way to mark this kind of exciting occasion than with a terrific opening goal?
With the game balanced on a knife’s edge and both teams creating and missing chances, Alexander-Arnold struck a peach of a direct free kick into the back of the neck. He broke the deadlock and put himself on the goal sheet for the first time with the first team.
“Obviously it’s a thing of dreams to make your European debut for your boyhood club. And to mark it with a goal as well was very special for me,” Alexander-Arnold enthused.
“But, more importantly, we got the win. We’ll still be a little bit disappointed with the late goal, but it’s always good to take a lead back to Anfield.”
On the decision for him to be the one to take the free kick, he added, "I kind of got egged on to do it, to be honest. I didn’t put my hand up at first. But I had the confidence to finally take it and it paid off!”
At the weekend, Alexander-Arnold was a highlight of the an otherwise disappointing match against Watford, and he continued the strong performances for the second game in a row.
When Clyne returns, he’s likely to resume his place in Liverpool’s back line, but it’s great to know that Klopp has another strong option in Alexander-Arnold.