Trent Alexander-Arnold scored with a bolt from the blue to finish Newcastle United off in the 87th minute and make sure Liverpool won the game.
Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones all missed the game due to positive COVID-19 tests. But a goal for each missing player and each positive test was enough to bring back three points for the Reds, and to keep pace with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.
Chelsea were not as fortunate as they slumped to a draw to Everton – the third time Thomas Tuchel’s side has dropped points in the last five games.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was immaculate for Liverpool. Not only did he score one of the best goals you will see at Anfield all season. He also played a great pass to Sadio Mane in the build-up to Diogo Jota’s equaliser, which was vital in getting Liverpool level in the game.
Then, he was able to make a goal-saving tackle to deny Ryan Fraser at a vital point in the game. It was an all-star display from one of the truly generational players in the Premier League.
It’s a term that is far too loosely thrown around social media these days, by kids wanting to disparage one player in favour of another.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, however, is once in a generation material.
He is only 23 and he’s already nearing the numbers that Barcelona legend Dani Alves put up in a far less challenging La Liga…in an era when sports science hadn’t fully taken hold.
When he struck his shot in the 87th minute, you immediately knew it was destined for the top corner. Even though Martin Dubravka got a hand to it, the ball ripped into the back of the net.
Thiago’s reaction was amazing. He stood in the middle of the pitch, unable to believe the goal he’d just seen.
I’ll say it again. Trent is only 23 and he has been world-class for a couple of years already.