Trent Alexander-Arnold says Jurgen Klopp will try and take the credit for his wonderful free-kick goal against Leicester City tongiht.
Trent hammered home a sensational strike to put Liverpool three goals to the good at the King Power Stadium. It was a cheeky routine, with Mohamed Salah rolling a little back-heel into the Scouser’s path, before he battered it in. It’s something we’ve seen before from that pair, with Alexander-Arnold bagging a similar goal at Stamford Bridge in 2019.
Jurgen looked delighted on the side line, seemingly taking extra glee than he usually might. And speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Trent admitted that the manager had told him to try it again this evening.
“It think he will take credit, but I’m the one who had to hit the ball!” smiled Alexander-Arnold. “No, he spoke to us and said let’s try it again! We haven’t done that in a while, I think we took them by surprise. It was a well-worked goal.”
It certainly did. Just as it did against Chelsea three-and-a-half years ago, Salah and Trent’s routine ended up in the back of the net. Beautiful.
Jurgen takes credit, but it’s all about Trent
Another game, another tremendous performance from Liverpool’s No.66. He may now have gone two games without an assist, but he managed a pretty decent consolation this evening.
When you can strike the ball like Trent, you’ve always got a chance in these scenarios. There are many strings to the 24-year-old’s bow, but perhaps free-kick taking is an underrated one.
In this instance he wrapped his foot around it but got the power of a laces strike. The accuracy was perfect, no chance for Daniel Iversen in the Leicester goal.
It obviously helped being able to run onto a moving ball rather than strike it from dead, and this should now be something Liverpool try often.
Teams may get savvy to Salah’s decoy run-up, but it shouldn’t matter too much. If executed well, Alexander-Arnold should be on the ball before the wall have time to react.
One thing’s for sure, after the success of this evening, Jurgen will be encouraging the lads to get this on the playbook a little more often.