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Trent Alexander-Arnold silences his critics with sublime free-kick for Liverpool against Rangers

Rory O'Callaghan

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Trent Alexander-Arnold silences his critics with sublime free-kick for Liverpool against Rangers

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a magnificent free-kick to give Liverpool the lead against Rangers in their historic Champions League clash at Anfield.

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.

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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.

"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.

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport

Topics: Rangers, Scottish Premiership, Liverpool, Premier League, Champions League, Football, Anfield

Rory O'Callaghan
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