Gary Lineker still cannot wrap his head around the audacity of Trent Alexander Arnold after watching him win the Champions League semi-final in 2019 over his beloved Barcelona.
Liverpool went into the second leg of the semifinals in 2019 with a 3-0 deficit hanging over their heads but Jurgen Klopp’s Mentality Monsters were well and truly born that evening.
Thanks to braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum, Liverpool were able to come back from the dead and book their place in the final where they would comfortably beat Spurs 2-0 to lift the trophy.
A moment of brilliance from Trent Alexander-Arnold was the difference in the tie as it ended 4-3 on aggregate.
His quickly taken corner caught Barcelona out of position and Divock Origi’s superb reactions and finishing punished the Catalonians for not preparing to face the set-piece appropriately.
Gary Lineker, while speaking on the Match of the Day top 10 Podcast, has hailed Alexander-Arnold for his audacity and intelligence at such a young age on the biggest stage of them all.
He said: “It’s worth putting him higher just because of the corner he took against Barcelona, that was unbelievable wasn’t it? Talk about being ahead of his time, what was he? 21 at the time?
“It was so clever wasn’t it? You could just see him see it in the corner of his eye. He was just so smart.”
This season, Alexander-Arnold has taken his game to another level entirely for Liverpool and he has shown once again that he is one of the very best players in the Premier League.
He’s valued at £72million but to Liverpool, he’s priceless and luckily for fans, he’s a Scouser so chances are he will be at the club for a very long time if not for his entire career.
With 11, he has the most assists in the division and in all competitions this season, he has 2 goals and 17 assists for the Reds, highlighting his importance to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
He is in contention to start for Liverpool this evening against Benfica after training for the last five days after being ruled out of international duty with a hamstring injury.
With a trip to Manchester City beckoning, Klopp will want to get him back into the side so he can get some match rhythm before what is essentially a title decider on Sunday.