By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00
The title race is set to go to the last game of the season after another crucial and late goal from none other than late winner-extraordinaire Divock Origi that saw Liverpool beat Newcastle United 3-2 at St. James Park.
This seasons title race isn’t the only race that will be settled in the ultimate game of the season. Trent Alexander-Arnold has equalled Andy Robertson’s assists in their friendly competition.
Alexander-Arnold was dropped to the bench in the midweek Champions League fixture against Barcelona in favour of the returning Joe Gomez. The youngster, who was included in the PFA team of the year, may have proved why his abilities could have been useful at the Nou Camp after an excellent showing against Newcastle.
The No.66 has now hit double figures for assists, and is now level with fellow fullback Andy Robertson, after achieving two against Newcastle to bring him a total of 11.
Trent’s first assist came in the 13th minute to make it 1-0 after his corner found van Dijk who powerfully headed past Dubravka after being left unmarked in the box. The English fullback almost prevented a Newcastle equalizer as his goal line clearance fell to Christian Atsu who made it 1-1.
The assist that put the right back on level terms with Robertson arrived when Mo Salah finished from his low cross in the 28th minute to put the Reds back in front. Alexander-Arnold was brilliant going forward picking up two assists and him and Robertson always provide a constant threat down the wing.
His defensive performance is also worth praising. The young right back won every duel he was involved with, including aerial duels. He also cleared the ball from danger a total of four times.
Trent would have been disappointed to not start against Barcelona on Wednesday night’s game but his performance at Newcastle should warrant a return to the Champions League starting XI.
The right back’s attacking presence and crossing ability could be vital if Klopp’s team is to overturn the Catalans’ 3-0 lead at Anfield.