Steven Gerrard reacts to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s display in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Hoffenheim
The Liverpool legend heaps praise on Trent Alexander-Arnold and issues a warning to Nathaniel Clyne after Tuesday night's win
Steven Gerrard has warned Nathaniel Clyne that his place could be under threat from Trent Alexander-Arnold after the teenager’s impressive performance in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Hoffenheim.
Jurgen Klopp opted to persist with the 18-year-old at right for the first leg of the Champions League playoff in Germany on Tuesday night after Alexander-Arnold started in a 3-3 draw with Watford on Saturday.
The Reds struggled to get to grips with the Bundesliga outfit in the first half but Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane were two of Liverpool’s standout players.
And the Liverpool duo played a key role in the opening goal after Mane was brought down as the Senegal international burst through the Hoffenheim defence.
Alexander-Arnold stepped up to take the free-kick and curled a finish into the net to score on just his nine appearance for Liverpool and his first Champions League game.
England international Nathaniel Clyne is currently sidelined with injury, with Alexander-Arnold proving a worthy replacement for the former Southampton man.
Former Liverpool captain Gerrard warned Clyne that his first-team place could come under threat from Alexander-Arnold over the course of the 2017-18 campaign.
“I know this kid well,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“He’s going to be a top, top player. Nathaniel Clyne has to be very careful this season because he’s already breathing down his neck. Performances like tonight, he’s letting Jurgen Klopp know he’s ready for the big time.”
James Milner scored a deflected goal in the 75th minute following Roberto Firmino’s pass to before Mark Uth’s late goal saw Liverpool leave Germany with a 2-1 win.
Liverpool played out a 3-3 draw with Watford in their opening Premier League game of the new season at Vicarage Road.