The supporters of Premier League outfit Liverpool have this evening taken to social media in their droves to praise youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold following his stunning free-kick vs Hoffenheim.
Liverpool travelled to Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim this evening for the first-leg of their Champions League qualifying matchup, with Jurgen Klopp’s side desperate for an advantage to take back to Merseyside.
After an early penalty was fluffed by Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric, the German side continued to dominate proceedings, putting their illustrious rivals on the back-foot for the vast majority of the first-half.
However, the breakthrough did eventually come against the run of play, and it came via a hugely unexpected source.
After Sadio Mane won his side a penalty 10 yards outside the home side’s box with 35 minutes gone, first-team regulars Emre Can and Alberto Moreno stood over the ball, alongside 18-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
To the surprise of onlooking Reds fans, it was youngster Alexander-Arnold who took responsibility for the set-piece.
And if his taking the free-kick in the first place came as a surprise, what proceeded will have been a genuine shock, with the teen stepping up to bend the most magnificent of free-kicks into the bottom right corner of the Hoffenheim goal, leaving Oliver Baumann with absolutely no chance.
Liverpool’s fans immediately took to social media to air their thoughts, with the most unlikely of heroes having come to the fore for Jurgen Klopp’s side:
I would get Alexander-Arnold on the new kit but it would cost about €300 for all those letters
— LFConor (@DesignsByConor) August 15, 2017
Get in Trent Alexander Arnold you beauty what a free kick by the young lad only 18 years of age what a way to get your first CL goal nice 👏⚽
— Jason Head (@jasonhead93) August 15, 2017
— maspileg (@harfijawara) August 15, 2017
The lad’s called Trent Alexander-Arnold! And he is certainly more than just a full-back. #HOFLIV
— Shivam K. (@shivam_adgeek) August 15, 2017
Alexander Arnold. Remember the name.
— Jimi Olaghere (@olagherej) August 15, 2017
Get rid of Coutinho, we have Trent Alexander-Arnold #lfc
— Christopher McGovern (@crumlinchris) August 15, 2017
Trent Alexander Arnold is only 18 years of age, and I would start him over Clyne any day of the week. What a fucking talent.
— ‘ (@VintageFirmino) August 15, 2017
ALEXANDER ARNOLD HE’S ONE OF OUR OWN
— KloppsKop (@KloppsKopYNWA) August 15, 2017
Alexander Arnold what a player
— Alex Ditrych (@alexditrych2) August 15, 2017
Get Clyne at left back and play Alexander-Arnold every game this season. What a player!
— SilentScorpio (@stefj81) August 15, 2017
I’m not one to exaggerate but Alexander-Arnold might be the next Cafu…
— HUGO (@AdilHussain7) August 15, 2017
— Tapuwa Jim (@tpwjim) August 15, 2017
“@DaveOCKOP: Trent Alexander-Arnold is so good he could have intercepted Coutinho’s transfer request before it reached Mike Edwards.”
— philip boateng (@brobbey1) August 15, 2017