104 touches & 6 key passes – this LFC star was world class against Real Madrid

The Reds’ second leg efforts were poor and Trent Alexander-Arnold was the only player from Merseyside that actually came out of the tie with any sort of credit.

Liverpool were ejected from the Champions League in disappointing fashion on Wednesday evening as they failed to score even one goal at Anfield.

My player ratings from the game might have been a bit harsh but I really struggled to find any positives from a display that saw Liverpool hit the target only three times in a game they had to win 2-0.

That’s simply not good enough and unfortunately, that’s been the theme for Liverpool recently.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 14: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool reacts after missing a chance during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Anfield on April 14, 2021 in Liverpool, England.(Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Trent Alexander-Arnold, however, was world-class.

It’s hard to believe at times that he’s just 22 years of age as he commands so much respect from his opponents as they know the damage that he can wreak with a single pass.

The major difference between him and Toni Kroos is that I’d bet my house that Real Madrid would have scored at least four goals night with the chances that Alexander-Arnold created for his teammates.

According to WhoScored, the Scouser had 104 touches, played 6 key passes and wasn’t tackled even once. In possession, he was untouchable. While there were a couple of moments where it seemed as though Vinicius Junior had him on the ropes again, he was much more patient in his defending.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – APRIL 14: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool reacts during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Anfield on April 14, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Liverpool need to win by two goals to progress to the semi-finals of the tournament and failed to score once which is a disgrace given the six chances that Alexander-Arnold presented to his teammates on a platter.

Next up for the Reds is Leeds United at Elland Road which will be a tricky task for Jurgen Klopp and his men but if Trent is in inspired form again, there’s no doubt the German’s side will pick up three points for the fourth Premier League game in a row.

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