BBC pundit amazed by Trent Alexander-Arnold free-kick for Liverpool
Much of the talk ahead of the Anfield clash centred on the problems Alexander-Arnold has had at the start of this season. Of course, it was ominous that he did not play a single minute while away with England during the most recent international break.
He was poor against Brighton at the weekend. And with that, his form has remained under the microscope.
Dublin amazed by Alexander-Arnold free-kick
But Alexander-Arnold needed just seven minutes on Tuesday to prove just what he can do.
Liverpool were awarded a free-kick just outside the Rangers penalty area. However, it appeared that it was going to take something special to catch McGregor out.
But of course, Alexander-Arnold was able to produce that something special. The right-back curled a delicious strike into the top corner, sending the ball caressing the side netting as it went inside the post.
Anfield erupted after the goal. And it was clear how much the goal meant to Alexander-Arnold. Certainly, Dublin felt that the strike was about as good as it gets.
“You’ll do well to see a better goal from that position,” he told BBC Sport. “He whips it over the centre of the wall and into the top corner, the keeper has no chance. An amazing free-kick. He went down on his knees, his arms apart as if to say ‘that’s what I can do’.”
Even Alexander-Arnold’s biggest critic cannot suggest that he is anything other than world-class going forward. Gary Neville noted on Sky Sports on Monday that his numbers in attack are ‘obscene’. And he has shown his capabilities once again.
The concern about the 23-year-old is the mistakes he makes defensively. He surely has not been good enough on that side of things of late.
But given what he can do going forward, some will wonder how you could possibly consider leave him out of the World Cup squad.
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