Liverpool needed a huge stroke of luck on Sunday as they beat local rivals Everton 1-0 in the Merseyside derby thanks to a late Divock Origi goal, and the celebrations after, as well as the atmosphere inside Anfield throughout the game, showed that the fixture is still one of the most important games of the season to fans.
It wasn’t just the fans who were buzzing though, Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold is a born and bred Scouser and his dynamic performance proved just how much the result meant to the red half of the city.
The two sides both created plenty of goalscoring opportunities throughout the 90 minutes, with Liverpool keeper Alisson being called into action on a number of occasions, including when he was forced to make an outstanding save in reaction to Andre Gomes’ header from all of five yards.
For all the chances though the game looked to be heading for a 0-0, that was until Virgil van Dijk’s sliced volley in the sixth minute of injury time bounced twice on the top of the crossbar, before falling to Divock Origi, who headed past the helpless Jordan Pickford to win the game for the Reds.
Alexander-Arnold was the man who brought the bundle of celebrating Liverpool players over to the Kop to share the joy, and the 21-year-old had already showed just why he is loved so much by the Anfield faithful with his all-round performance.
At times, the youngster’s passing went astray, but he had 92 touches of the ball in what was his first Merseyside derby start. The England international also made two key passes and an astounding 12 crosses in the win, with his final one leading directly to the goal.
With four tackles and two clearances, it’s also clear that the youngster did not neglect his defensive duties despite the occasion, and his all-round performance will have only helped him go up in the estimations of Liverpool fans.
Jurgen Klopp has rotated the youngster in and out of the starting XI at times this season, usually in favour of moving Joe Gomez to right back to offer more defensive stability.
The boss will have been pleased with Alexander-Arnold’s performance against Everton though, as he showed he is more than good enough to start the big games.
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