WATCH: Trent Alexander-Arnold's First Liverpool Goal Was A Beauty
Trent Alexander-Arnold was the hero for Liverpool as they ran out 1-0 winners over Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off first leg.
The 18-year old youth product is widely regarded as the next big thing at Anfield and the local lad has been handed a chance to impress at the start of the season following an injury to right-back Nathaniel Clyne.
Despite his side conceding three in Saturday's draw at Watford, Alexander-Arnold came out with a huge amount of credit. - and he produced more of the same in tonight's trip to Hoffenheim.
Jurgen Klopp's side were under the cosh during the majority of the first half in Germany - with Hoffenheim squandering the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot.
And Simon Mignolet's save from 12 yards appeared to have inspired his team-mates, especially young debutant Alexander-Arnold.
After Sadio Mane drew the foul from Ermin Bičakčić, the 18-year-old stepped up to take the set-piece.
What happened next was simply spectacular, as Alexander-Arnold did his best impression of Roberto Carlos' legendary free-kick vs France, as the ball curled into the goal:
WHAT. A. GOAL! :scream:
18-year-old @trentaa98 with a stunning free-kick on his Champions League debut for @LFC! :clap: pic.twitter.com/usl9B970vw
- BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) August 15, 2017
Look at that! Inch-perfect precision from the young lad, who was on set-piece duty at the weekend and had the confidence to step up to the mark tonight.
Here's how fans reacted to Alexander-Arnold's beauty of a first goal for Liverpool:
18-year old right-back Alexander-Arnold knocking in free-kicks for #LFC in Champions League play-offs. What a time to be alive.
- Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) August 15, 2017
I DON'T WANT TO RUSH TO ANY CONCLUSIONS AFTER THAT FREE KICK BUT TRENT ALEXANDER ARNOLD IS GREATEST RIGHT BACK IN FOOTBALL HISTORY
- Cam/Cammeister (@xCammeister95x) August 15, 2017
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- Jay ♂️ (@64_bit_hero) August 15, 2017
Goal!!!!!!!!!! What a strike from Alexander-Arnold on his European debut
- James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 15, 2017
Trent Alexander-Arnold scores a freekick for Liverpool that is as spectacular as his name.
- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 15, 2017
First Champions League game :white_check_mark:
First Liverpool goal :white_check_mark:
Trent-Alexander Arnold scores on his debut in Europe for Liverpool.
Pinpoint. :dart: pic.twitter.com/mD0HKPma9M
- Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) August 15, 2017
Nathaniel Clyne watching the meteoric rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold pic.twitter.com/xzlvEbClDG
- Si (@PhantomGoal) August 15, 2017
BOOOOOM GET THE FUCK IN WHAT A GOAL TRENT ALEXANDER ARNOLD
- LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) August 15, 2017
Beautiful free kick by young Trent Alexander. Cou who?
- Vishal Amlani (@vishalamlani) August 15, 2017
Alexander-Arnold is the best youngster in Europe. 1-0. pic.twitter.com/hj7IOmD4nc
- Mootaz (@Mootaz_LFC) August 15, 2017
That is absolutely magic. An 18-year-old Scouser scoring on his Champions League debut for Liverpool. He'll never forget that moment.
- Neil Docking (@NeilDocking) August 15, 2017
Reds legend Steven Gerrard, now in charge of the Liverpool academy side, has long tipped Alexander-Arnold as someone who can really break through at the club and he's done his reputation no harm whatsoever with his goal and performance tonight.
James Milner, on as a substitute, would add a second with a deflected strike in the second half before Hoffenheim's Mark Uth pulled one back in what was a fairly decent night's work for Liverpool.