Steven Gerrard described Liverpool’s performance against Manchester City on Wednesday night as “perfect” and it’s hard to disagree.
The Reds were so good that Pep Guardiola’s side failed to register a single shot on target for the first time across all competitions this season.
First-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane mean Liverpool now have one foot in the Champions League semi-finals.
It wasn’t just the three goalscorers who shone, though. Every member of the Liverpool team walked off the Anfield pitch with their heads held high and rightly so.
There were many candidates for the Man of the Match award, although a lot of football fans – and not just Liverpool supporters – felt that Trent Alexander-Arnold was the game’s standout performer.
The 19-year-old endured a difficult afternoon against Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha last weekend but retained his place in the starting line-up for Wednesday night’s huge Champions League quarter-final first leg.
He was up against Leroy Sane, unquestionably one of the most dangerous wingers in the world right now, and he repaid the faith that Jurgen Klopp showed in him with a quite magnificent performance.
LAMPARD LOVED WHAT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD DID IN STOPPAGE TIME
Alexander-Arnold made four tackles, seven interceptions, 10 clearances and won back possession 10 times. Sane, meanwhile, was made to look ordinary by the teenager.
Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard, on punditry duty for BT Sport, were full of praise for the youngster after his eye-catching performance.
And there was one moment in particular, aside from his performance, that Lampard enjoyed.
“How great to see youth take on a challenge like this,” the Chelsea legend said. “The mentality of the boy to do that, with a little bit of pressure on him because of recent performances.”
While talking about what he enjoyed about Alexander-Arnold’s performance, Lampard added: “Not just all that great positional play, getting close to Sane, running with him, being in that position, but that [moment] where he got his fists and he was pumped. A 19-year-old boy and all of a sudden he’s becoming a man because when you perform like that on an occasion as big as this, it makes you feel like that [puffs chest out].”
Here’s the moment Lampard was referring to…
Just look at what winning on a big European night at Anfield means to local lad Trent Alexander-Arnold.
What a colossal display at the back by the 19-year-old 👊 pic.twitter.com/qxFMxfNDQP
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 4, 2018