Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Hoffenheim in last night’s Champions League qualifier had youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold at its beating heart.
In the absence of the injured Nathaniel Clyne, the youngster has stepped into the starting XI for the beginning of 2017/18 and although he didn’t exactly cover himself in glory during a 3-3 draw with Watford on Saturday, last night’s display hinted he could soon be taking the No.2 role permanently at Anfield.
The most notable aspect of the 18-year-old’s performance was the new weapon in his armoury; a delicious free-kick in which he wrapped the ball around the wall and delicately into the bottom corner of the net, giving the Reds a 1-0 lead.
But the right-back’s contributions didn’t stop there; he also weighed in with the most interceptions of any Liverpool player, an impressive five, whipped in five crosses and twice beat his man when charging down the flank.
Perhaps most tellingly of Alexander-Arnold’s influence on the 2-1 win, he had the most touches of the ball of any Reds player. But was he Liverpool’s Man of the Match last night? Let us know by voting below…