Steven Gerrard reacts to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s goal in Liverpool v Hoffenheim

The former Liverpool captain lavishes praise on Trent Alexander-Arnold for his impressive free-kick at Hoffenheim

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard Photo: BT Sport

Steven Gerrard heaped praise on Trent Alexander-Arnold following the Liverpool defender’s stunning free-kick in a 2-1 victory at Hoffenheim on Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old started at right-back in the absence of England international Nathaniel Clyne for the Reds in the first leg of their Champions League playoff.

Alexander-Arnold was one of Liverpool’s best players despite his lack of first-team and European experience in what was an edgy first-half performance from the visitors.

Hoffenheim missed a penalty in the 12th minute after Dejan Lovren brought down former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry, while Mohamed Salah wasted a chance to give Liverpool the lead against the run of play.

However, the Reds were presented with the chance to break the deadlock when Sadio Mane was pulled back with the Senegal international about to break past the opposition defence.

Emre Can and Alberto Moreno looked the most likely contenders to take the free-kick but Alexander-Arnold stepped up to dispatch the the free-kick in emphatic fashion.

Former Liverpool captain Gerrard heaped praise on Alexander-Arnold for his composure to score a vital away goal with a superbly-taken free-kick.

“It’s a fabulous free-kick. Maybe Coutinho would have taken it if he was available! But it’s a fantastic strike,” Gerrard told BT Sport.

What a night for the kid. He’s played superbly well in general but to step up and have the character to take that ahead of the likes of Henderson and Mane, it says a lot.”

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 finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season to secure their spot in the Champions League.

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