Liverpool and Rangers went head-to-head on Tuesday in the first competitive meeting between the two giant clubs.
The home side, starting with an unfamiliar 4-2-3-1 formation, began the match brightly.
They almost went in front just two minutes into the game, when Darwin Nunez forced a good save from Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
Minutes later, the Uruguayan striker was involved again, winning a foul on the edge of Rangers' area after a well-worked move from Jurgen Klopp's side.
Alexander-Arnold stepped up to curl the resulting free-kick past the despairing dive of McGregor.
It was his second goal of the season and a much needed boost for the 23-year-old, who has faced criticism for his performances in recent months.
Liverpool fans on social media were delighted for Alexander-Arnold, with some questioning why the right-back was not used by England manager Gareth Southgate during the recent international break.
"James and Walker can't do that," wrote one fan on Twitter, referring to two of Alexander-Arnold's main rivals for a place in the England team – Chelsea's Reece James and Manchester City's Kyle Walker.
James and walker can’t do that 😂— AMB (@AMB19390) October 4, 2022
Cracking free kick but this guy ain’t no defensive player, get him up the park— AlPeak (@PeakAlan89) October 4, 2022
How is he not going to the World Cup?! As a right wing back, his defensive skills are good enough! Imagine him on the wing!— Amit Champaneri (@AmitChampaneri1) October 4, 2022
Give this man his respect, he might not be the BEST at the defending, but he’s one hell of footballer 💯🔥— Oscar (@NTPOscar) October 4, 2022
"That's what England are missing," added another fan.
While a third wrote: "How is he not going to the World Cup?!
"As a right-wing-back, his defensive skills are good enough! Imagine him on the wing!"
Liverpool continued to dominate after Alexander-Arnold's opener and went close later in the half through Mohamed Salah, who saw his shot well saved by McGregor.
Jurgen Klopp's side wasted another opportunity after the half-hour mark - Nunez again firing a shot straight at McGregor, who would go on to deny Luis Diaz with another smart stop minutes later.
The home side pushed hard for a second goal before half-time but were unable to find it, with McGregor denying Nunez twice in the closing stages of the half to frustrate the Uruguayan.
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