Trent Alexander-Arnold has received some very high praise after a hat-trick of assists against Watford.
Liverpool won the game at Anfield 5-0 in a brilliant display. Despite the entire team performing, however, Alexander-Arnold still managed to stand out against Watford.
That’s largely because the 20-year-old became the youngest player to ever record three assists in one Premier League game. The first was a pinpoint cross to find Sadio Mane between the two centre backs. The second, a first-time pass to Mane that beat the entire backline.
And he completed his unusual hattrick in the second half, delivering a perfect free-kick onto the head of Virgil van Dijk.
The performance has rightfully earned praise, particularly from Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp on Alexander-Arnold v Watford
“He played an outstanding football game,” said Klopp, according to the Echo. “It was clear he was fit, you saw how he was chasing back in all the counter attacks.
“He was involved in almost each offensive situation and then when we lost the ball he was back. It was a brilliant performance.”
And Klopp wasn’t alone in praising Alexander-Arnold after the Watford game.
The young full-back also impressed Alan Shearer, who talked up Alexander-Arnold on Match of the Day.
Shearer hails Alexander-Arnold
“You can’t give this boy that amount of time and space to whip balls in because he has got the ability to put it in that six-yard box and a forward will get on the end of it,” he said on the show.
“He was absolutely magnificent getting forward and it was a masterclass in passing and cross.”
And there was even some praise from a teammate. Van Dijk, who benefited from Alexander-Arnold’s crossing for his first goal, spoke after the Watford game.
Some praise from Van Dijk
“His crossing and delivery is top-class, he has been showing it throughout the season,” he said, reports the official club site. “To get three assists is special.”
It was a wonderful display from Alexander-Arnold. The scary thing is that he’s still only 20 – we could be looking at the start of a very memorable career.