I’m not going to lie, I had an awesome time watching Trent Alexander-Arnold win at anything resembling “competitive football” last night.
The tournament, arranged by Sky Sports, pits footballers and celebrities against each other on FIFA, each representing a Premier League club. Of course, Trent is Liverpool’s representative. All the teams are set to 85 on strength to level the playing field.
Yesterday, Alexander-Arnold faced off against Manchester United fan and musician Tom Grennan. Grennan, and United by extension, had no chance.
From the very first moments, you could see Trent’s laser-focus and superior footballing brain would be an enormous advantage. The opening goal was a great example of this: a smart 1-2 on the edge of the box between Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah, ending in a perfectly-executed chip to the back post for Roberto Firmino to nod home.
Trent rode his luck through much of the first half, with Grennan getting in behind a couple of times for half-chances, but managed to keep his 1-0 advantage at the break.
In the second half, Liverpool’s #66 put on a show. He scored 4 more, culminating in the cheekiest of chips from Sadio Mane. Grennan scored a consolation goal just before the full time whistle; Trent was visibly annoyed that he was denied his clean sheet.
“First half he had more chances and shots than me but Alisson saved me with big saves,” Trent remarked immediately after. “In the second half I came out and scored a few more goals, and that was the game really. I was gutted at the end with the goal conceded.
“I feel like I’m a decent FIFA player, so I’ll have a go against anyone and see how far I get.”
He now moves on to the quarterfinals on Friday, facing off against Christian Atsu of Newcastle United. Come on, Trent! Bring home another trophy!