Liverpool fans aplaud Alexander-Arnold for his Instagram post after 2-1 Man Utd defeat

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold chose not to shy away from social media after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to rivals Manchester United.

The 19-year-old Scouser was turned inside-out by Marcus Rashford for the opening goal and he struggled against the young England international all afternoon.

Rashford – who was making his first Premier League start of 2018 – was awarded the Man of the Match award following his first-half brace at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho said: “[It was] obviously important for us, important for the kid [Rashford] and when you are a local boy and you are in the club since you are seven, eight or nine years old like he was, of course it is a special feeling for him to do that against Liverpool.”

Eric Bailly’s calamitous second-half own goal gave Liverpool some hope but the United backline stood strong to secure all three points.

Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren struggled against United and Jurgen Klopp criticised his defence to reporters after the game.

“We have to defend these situations better,” said the German boss.

“You can always lose a header or a challenge with Romelu Lukaku of course but there is a gap in behind and we need to close that.”

Most Liverpool players stayed off social media after the 2-1 loss but 19-year-old Alexander-Arnold fronted up and – apart from a few negative responses – Reds supporters really appreciated it.

“I just want to apologise to all the fans!” Alexander-Arnold wrote on Instagram.

“The support today was amazing and our performance was not good enough to get the result we wanted. We will learn from this and come back stronger. YNWA”

Klopp’s side will look to bounce back when they host Watford in the Premier League next Saturday.

Very classy.

Alexander-Arnold is Liverpool through-and-through and fans on Twitter praised the youngster for his maturity on social media.

With a little encouragement – and some good coaching – Alexander-Arnold could yet become a legend at Anfield.