Liverpool delivered the shock result of the Champions League season tonight, demolishing Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield.
Goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Sadio Mane sealed the deal for the Reds in the opening half hour, but perhaps the most impressive part of the match was the exceptional performance of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The young fullback had been targeted by City as a possible weak link, given his shaky starts in other big matches this year. Just weeks ago against Manchester United, the 19-year-old was torn to shreds by Marcus Rashford, looking out of place and overwhelmed.
And Pep Guardiola set up to isolate the English youngster and attacked down his wing with purpose. Diagonal balls in the direction of Leroy Sane were a constant fixture of Manchester City’s play, but Alexander-Arnold stood firm, contributing to Liverpool’s vital clean sheet.
To keep a clean sheet in the quarterfinals of the Champions League is impressive on its own, but to do it against the champions-elect, the top-scorers in the Premier League, and without one of your first choice centre-backs, is sensational.
Alexander-Arnold was at the heart of the Reds’ valiant defensive performance, and observers on Twitter rightly applauded him for his efforts.
Lovren, Van Dijk, Henderson and Milner all exceptional, but felt like a defining, defiant performance from Trent Alexander-Arnold. Identified before the game as a weakness, targeted by City, up against their best player, and came through it.
— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 4, 2018
Quick reminder…Trent Alexander-Arnold is 19 years old. Incredible performance ? #LFC
— fivetimesclub (@fivetimesclub) April 4, 2018
Trent Alexander Arnold MoTM. Absolutely immense performance against one of the very best LW's around. What a player this lad could be.
— Kevin (@emptyMINDZ) April 4, 2018
Trent Alexander-Arnold has shown he can do it on the biggest stage tonight. He has shown the world what he's all about
— Leon King??LFC (@king666LFC) April 4, 2018
Fans also commented on Alexander-Arnold’s tender age, a factor that made his performance even the more impressive.
My motm has to be Alexander-Arnold. For an 18 year old to put in the performance he did is phenomenal
— Hennessey (@EmmettHensey) April 4, 2018
Shoutout to Trent Alexander-Arnold got back pocketing him
What a performance by a teenager on such a big stage
— Andy Castell (@AJ3) April 4, 2018
TRENT ALEXANDER-FUCKIN-ARNOLD – INFINITY/10
OH MY GODDDDD! EVERYONE SLATED A TEENAGER, CRITICISED HIM, AND THEN HE WHAT?
JUST, NO WORDS IN ENGLISH DICTIONARY TO PUT HERE.
— LFC Player Ratings (@PlayerLfc) April 4, 2018
The ever-popular back pocket joke also circulated on the Twittersphere, many supporters couldn’t resist the classic banter when describing Alexander-Arnold’s domination of Sane.
Trent Alexander-Arnold emptying his pockets after today’s game. pic.twitter.com/q2bYwIACGw
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) April 4, 2018
Trent Alexander Arnold after the game pic.twitter.com/DsOthudoZ8
— Asad Raza (@asad2789) April 4, 2018
Trent Alexander-Arnold emptying his pockets when he gets home. ? ?? pic.twitter.com/RNSwazwAM9
— ? (@AllezFutbol) April 4, 2018
Trent Alexander-Arnold, take a bow son.