Trent strengthens Liverpool’s top four hopes and silences the nay-sayers

Trent Alexander-Arnold hit back at his critics with an important goal to secure his side the three points, heading into another pivotal week of the season. SCOTT MASON reports on his performance against Aston Villa.

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Liverpool ended their run of eight home league games without a win as Trent Alexander-Arnold fired home with a late winner against Aston Villa.

Mohamed Salah was also on the scoresheet with his 19th goal of the season, cancelling out Ollie Watkins’ first-half opener and fourth goal against the Reds this season.

The opening 45 was one of the Reds’ better displays at Anfield that we have seen in recent months. They were controlling the ball, winning it up high and were creating a plethora of chances. It was the lack of ruthlessness in front of the net that would ultimately see them go into the second half behind.


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When Salah eventually found the equalizer in the 57th minute, it was the perfect opportunity to build on the momentum and find a second, but just like in midweek the Anfield club’s performance levels stalled once they found the back of the net.

It wasn’t until the 90th minute when Klopp had played all of his cards and went all out attack that the all-important winner would be scored by Alexander-Arnold.

When the ball was cleared following an excellent point blank save by Emiliano Martínez to deny a maiden goal for Thiago Alcântara, it fell to the defender who was positioned on the outside of the away sides box, he took one touch inside to set himself before striking the ball beautifully into the far-right corner to secure a well-deserved win for the Premier League champions.

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Besides his goal, the full-back was his usual attacking self and created the most chances throughout the game with a total of three. He also topped the total touches with 100 across the 90 minutes. Defensively, Trent won three out of five tackles, completed two clearances, made one interception and won seven out of 12 ground duels.

The 22-year-old has come under intense scrutiny recently, stemming from his exclusion from the England squad along with his vital error against Real Madrid.

However, there is no denying the quality that the right-back has in his locker, and popping up in crucial moments – such as his assist for Jota against Arsenal and his pivotal finish against Aston Villa. These contributions have further solidified his importance to this side whilst silencing many doubters.

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While the academy graduate was perhaps not the game’s man-of-the-match, he certainly was the player who made the difference. His goal provided a much-needed three points as Liverpool look to finish in the top four and secure Champions League football for next season.

Next up in Liverpool’s European quest is Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United on Monday, April 19.

But first is the second leg of this season’s Champions League quarter final, where another special European night at Anfield is required to overturn the 3-1 deficit and prevail over Real Madrid.


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