Trent Alexander-Arnold was missing for Liverpool in the Champions League earlier this week as the young defender was suffering from a viral infection.
But the right back put in an admirable effort against Spurs at the Reds ran out 2-1 winners to maintain their six point lead at the top of the table.
Jordan Henderson and Mo Salah with the goals for Liverpool, but Trent’s performance didn’t go unnoticed as he put in an on-the-nose shift in the back four.
On another day, the 21-year-old could have actually had a goal of his own as he fizzed an effort straight down Paulo Gazzaniga’s throat from range.
If the shot would have went anywhere else, the Spurs goalkeeper would have had zero chance of getting near it purely because of the power Trent managed to get on the shot.
It was Trent’s performance in the first half that caused BBC pundit Gary Lineker to voice his admiration for the young Scouser on social media.
I know I’ve said this a lot, and apologies if it’s wearisome, but crikey @trentaa98 is a magnificent footballer.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 27, 2019
But it’s not the first time the former Leicester man has shared a message of confidence about the right back as he’s a known fan of the Liverpool man – going as far back as 2017, when Trent was just about breaking into the first team.
Trent Alexander-Arnold scores a freekick for Liverpool that is as spectacular as his name.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 15, 2017
So impressed with Trent Alexander-Arnold. A teenager playing with an assuredness and maturity way beyond his years.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 10, 2018