Alan Shearer was left applauding Trent Alexander-Arnold for a ‘sensational’ FA Cup final performance. One aspect was ‘outrageous’, he says.
Liverpool have won the FA Cup for the first time since 2006 and in their first final in 10 years. They went into it as EFL Cup champions, of course, and have now delivered their second trophy of the season.
This was a game much like the EFL Cup final, too. Both Liverpool and Chelsea played very well and created chances – but neither could find the back of the net. It went all the way to penalties, once again, and the Reds repeated February by coming out on top.
And while it went to penalties, some of the performances in the game were match-winning. Trent Alexander-Arnold, in particular, caught the eye with some incredibly crisp passing and a few goal-saving interventions at the back.
Alan Shearer, certainly, loved what he saw from the Scouser and raved about Alexander-Arnold after the game.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold, I thought was sensational today,” he told BBC Sport. “Both defensively and some of his passing was outrageous.
“And for him to then stick a penalty away as cooly as he did, I thought he was fantastic.”
Trent Alexander-Arnold shines in FA Cup final
Shearer actually raved about Alexander-Arnold at half-time of the final, too. He loved a pass from the right-back that created a golden opportunity for Luis Diaz just eight minutes into the game.
If that had led to a goal – and it probably should have – then there’s little doubt that Alexander-Arnold would be the name on everyone’s lips right now. But as Shearer says, his game was about far more than just one pass.
His last-gasp tackle on Mason Mount stopped a probable goal, while there were a couple of clearances he made on crosses that did similar.
Alexander-Arnold’s numbers tell the story well, actually. Four created chances, three tackles, four clearances and 10 more touches than anyone else in the game. A performance to remember.