The defending champions of the Premier League, Liverpool, suffered a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in Spain. English exile Trent Alexander-Arnold was chosen by critics on social media.
The La Liga giants started without defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane and were told to be there.
But it was the backline of visitors that proved shaky with a comedy of mistakes that they are now about to leave the competition they won in 2018/2019.
When Zinedine Zidane’s men smelled Alexander-Arnold’s blood, they appeared to be targeting Liverpool’s right flank with dangerous runs from left-back Ferland Mendy and striker Vinicius Jr.
The French “embarrassed” the Scouser by sending him into the shops and cutting into it with one pull, even though the Brazilian could barely get past compatriot Alisson’s post.
Not long afterwards, however, Vinicius used the space of a double-decker bus between TAA and Nathaniel Phillips.
Toni Kroos caught the couple napping with a laser beam passport that was shouldered by the Flamengo product and then wonderfully finished to silence its critics.
May the record say I tweeted this at the gates
– Jack Lang (@jacklang) April 6, 2021
Someone said Trent was being used as a cone by Real Madrid 😭😭😭
– Dubois (@CFCDUBois) April 6, 2021
This could be one of Trent’s worst performances that I can’t even lie
– Niran (@TheOfficialFNG) April 6, 2021
Waiting. There was more.
When Madrid were accused of using the 22-year-old “as a cone”, TAA completed one of its “worst performances” with Marcos Asensio.
Trying to keep Kroos from falling again from world class against Mendy, he instead headed the ball straight into the Spaniard’s path and onto a plate to make it 2-0.
Mohamed Salah pulled an away goal back after the break to avoid a few blushes. However, the damage had already been done.
In the 65th minute, Vinicius struck again when Luka Modric went to the box and was allowed to find number 20 in the middle of a pedestrian Phillips and Alexander-Arnold.
The statistics don’t lie, and this was a career-defining night for the $ 53 million capture, often criticized by the local press for not being clinical enough and being chopped off by his teammates.
20y 268d – Only Kylian Mbappé in April 2017 (18 against Borussia Dortmund) scored a brace in the Champions League in the quarter-finals or later at a younger age than Vinícius Júnior (20y 268d). Verve.
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 6, 2021
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