It all started out so well for Liverpool against Fulham. The Reds were well on top of the match, creating chances early and often. Trent Alexander-Arnold put an exclamation point on the early pressure with a fantastic free kick that clipped the crossbar before coming off the back of Bernd Leno to open the scoring in the 20th minute. Fulham would not go away, however, and twice came back from a goal down before going ahead themselves in the 80th minute. For the fourth time this season, however, Liverpool came back from a losing position to get the win, with Alexander-Arnold netting the match winner just a minute after Wataru Endo equalized.
After the match, the Trent was asked what the win meant. The Scouser was proud to have provided the winning moment, but more happy to take home all of the points during an important and busy stretch of the season.
I don’t know if I could sum it up in one word. [I’m] just delighted really. It’s big. We needed the three points obviously. With Arsenal getting the result yesterday we just needed to try and stay in touching distance. This time of year is important, the games come thick and fast and if you can pick up momentum and get through the Christmas [and] January period with a lot of wins then you come out and go into February and March in a good position, so this isn’t the right time to be dropping any points, especially at home. It was a very proud moment for me and a good finish as well to be fair.
For the big moment itself, Trent said he was just following up on a ball into the box. He was just able to wrap his body around the ball to strike it cleanly despite taking, in his words, a poor first touch.
It was just backing up the play, seeing Cody strike it then Darwin getting the rebound and kind of watching it go to the back post and seeing that Kostas was going to have a challenge and kind of just positioning myself for if Kostas did lose that header, which he did, then as the ball is coming in the air I’m thinking do I get close to it and chest it, but I thought I had a bit more time. [My] first touch wasn’t great at all. It was a little bit behind me but I thought with the body shape and bodies between the ball and the goal just to use that to the advantage and just try and reverse it into the corner of the goal. I was able to do that and you can see by the celebration how much it went.
As for the celebration itself, Trent said the fantastic belly slide was partially self-preservation after taking a cut on his knee earlier in the match. As the rest of the team came sliding in after him, the Scouser said everyone was quite hyped up.
I’ve got a big cut on my knee so I didn’t want to risk reopening that with a knee slide even though I was dying to do it. When I’m running at that speed I just thought I need to do something. I couldn’t just keep running so I thought just get on my belly, it’s the safest thing to do! You can see the emotion in it, how much it meant to the lads and the team and the fans as well. It was an outstanding game to the end for us.
While the winning goal is the moment that will likely be most remembered after the matc, Alexander-Arnold’s sensational free kick that was given as an own goal was an even better strike. He said that he and fell free kick savant Dominik Szoboszlai have an understanding that Trent prefers kicks from that side of the pitch.
In fairness he knows that’s my preferred side. I prefer going that side and using the wall as a guide to get round, but it was a little bit outside the goal frame. It was just get it on target, see what I can do and that’s what I did. I’ve been told it’s been chalked off as an own goal now so I’m a bit gutted. It was a good strike of the ball and good to be involved in the goal in any way I can.