Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold deserves high praise for shackling Lorenzo Insigne, just weeks after the Italian gave him the runaround.
The English full-back was recalled by Jurgen Klopp for the crunch Champions League clash with the Italians in Tuesday, after starting against Bournemouth on the bench last weekend.
Before the game, his showing against Insigne was being billed as a potential make or break battle for the Reds.
At Stadio San Paolo back in early October, the diminutive forward was the thorn in Alexander-Arnold’s side. He went on to score the winner that night in a 1-0 win, which has ultimately counted for very little now.
It was very much a different story at Anfield though, with Alexander-Arnold undoubtedly getting the better of Insigne.
A rapidly developing maturity
The fact that Alexander-Arnold was able to come out on top against Insigne this time around after being given the runaround in Naples is a big testament to his character.
He clearly watched his performance back and prepared himself well for the crucial clash.
It was a brilliant display from the 20-year-old. According to Squawka, he made four tackles and two interceptions in the game and did give Insigne anything.
However it was his attacking prowess that was most impressive. He created six chances and made five successful crosses.
He took up some very advanced positions, forcing the top class threat that is Insigne to track back at times, therefore removing his threat for most parts of the game.