It is easy to get caught up with Liverpool’s squad full of record breakers, Ballon d’Or finalists and all-around ballers, but Reds supporters are truly being treated to a potentially generational talent in Trent Alexander-Arnold.
A right back in name, but a true playmaker in every other facet, the 21-year-old was the standout performer in league-leading Liverpool’s 4-0 demolition of 2nd-placed Leicester City on Boxing Day. Two fabulous assists to Roberto Firmino preceded a world class strike of his own to wrap up the scoring at the King Power Stadium.
Having just tripled their 1-0 lead over the course of whirlwind four minutes, the rampant Reds broke again on the counterattack. The academy youth product overlapped on the right, sending the home fans for the exits by lashing an unstoppable first time daisy cutter along the ground past Kasper Schmeichel’s outstretched hands to make it 4-0.
Just as notable as the stunning finish was the born Scouser’s celebration, mimicking the crossed arm pose made famous by fellow one time Golden Boy finalist, PSG’s Kylian Mbappé.
The local Liverpool lad and the French star then proceeded to set Red hearts a flutter as they exchanged pleasantries over social media following the match, with Alexander-Arnold leaning into the moment by posting a picture of the celebration with the captaion “Anything Mbappe can do...”
The World Cup winner duly doffed his own hat in return, liking a post comparing the two.
Many within Liverpool Nation will be quick to cast the episode as the official start of the player charm offensive known as #Mbappé2020 in which the best team in the world rightfully courts the game’s brightest young star.
Facts be damned, we’re going to make this happen.