In picking the goal of the night from the 5-0 Liverpool win over a hapless Swansea City, there are some fine examples from which to choose. Philippe Coutinho’s opening salvo from distance would ordinarily be a shoe-in. Roberto Firmino’s deft set play volley should get an honorable mention. But perhaps the most impressive was from 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold.
With the game still in the balance at 2-0, Swansea’s defenders cut out an Andrew Robertson cross. The clearance could have sprung a counterattack, but Alexander-Arnold was quick to react, winning a 50/50 challenge high up the pitch, and banging the ball off the underside of the crossbar, into the back of the net. What a way to open up your Premier League account.
"Every lad dreams of scoring at the Kop end under the floodlights, and especially with it coming off the bar and going in!” Alexander-Arnold said in an interview post-match.
"To be able to get the chance and to put it away for the team was really good and the result made it [more] special.
"I know a lot of the family [were] here and it would have been a really proud moment for them to see the goal go in."
It’s always a joy to watch a Liverpool Academy product come through the ranks and make an impact in the first team. Doubly so when that first goal goes in. Triply so when that first goal is a true screamer.
Hopefully there will be many more moments of brilliance in the near future for the youngster.