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Liverpool came from a goal down to win 3-1, with Alexander-Arnold sealing the win in the 87th minute with an absolute rocket of a strike into the top corner.
But earlier on in the second half, he made arguably his most important contribution through a crucial tackle on Ryan Fraser.
Newcastle countered down the right and Josh Murphy crossed for the onrushing Fraser.
It was a huge goalscoring opportunity for the former Bournemouth man but Alexander-Arnold sprinted back in and made the challenge.
Fraser was appealing for a penalty but Mike Dean gestured that he had won the ball, with replays appearing to show that he had indeed got a touch.
VAR checked the decision but no spot-kick was awarded. Alexander-Arnold needed to time the goal-saving tackle to perfection and he did just that.
What impressed me more than Trent Alexander-Arnold’s wonder strike was his goal-saving tackle on Ryan Fraser earlier in the second half. A fantastic player who has always been brilliant going forward, but has massively improved the defensive side of his game lately. #LFC #LIVNEW— Louis Dangoor (@TheLouisDangoor) December 16, 2021
The tackle from Alexander-Arnold on Ryan Fraser is absolutely outstanding , he had to come from the wrong side of him which obviously makes it more difficult to go and get the ball. Brilliant defending had to time it perfectly if he didn’t he was in trouble. Terrific defending.— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) December 16, 2021
The genius bit of defensive play came just after the hour mark and then three minutes from time Alexander-Arnold demonstrated his outstanding attacking abilities.
Around 25 yards out after Roberto Firmino played it into his path, Alexander-Arnold let fly and wallopped one past Martin Dubravka right in front of the Kop.
TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD THUNDERBOLT 🤯— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 16, 2021
WHAT A HIT!!! pic.twitter.com/dw8bBPFPmN
The strike stunned Thiago Alcantara to the point where he turned away and put his hands to his head, while Jurgen Klopp used "different level" as a phrase to describe the right-back.
He told BT Sport: "I said it was the best long ball he [Trent Alexander-Arnold] played today. It was a stunner, unbelievable. His shooting technique is different level.
'In games like this the main thing is staying positive and offensive-minded. Take a chance."
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