Liverpool fans erupted in celebration when Trent Alexander-Arnold rifled one into the top corner on Thursday night, but nobody had a better reaction to the 25-yard rocket than Thiago Alcantara.
The Spanish midfielder had the perfect view for Alexander-Arnold’s thunderbolt, standing right behind the England defender as he let fly from range.
When the ball was wallopped into the top bins, sealing a 3-1 win for Liverpool against Newcastle in the 87th minute, Thiago completely lost his mind.
Other teammates dashed to celebrate with Alexander-Arnold, but he simply turned away and put his hands on his head – in complete disbelief over the sensational strike.
This angle and Thiago’s reaction 😳 pic.twitter.com/uBeD7NhM4t
— Nabs (@NonchalantNaby) December 16, 2021
Thiago was all of us 😂 pic.twitter.com/FffaYgN0OE
— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) December 16, 2021
That boy shock…😂😂😂
— Jamba Juice (@JambaJew15) December 17, 2021
Summer signing Ibrahima Konate was also stunned by what Alexander-Arnold produced, as another video shows:
Ibrahima Konaté reaction also pic.twitter.com/Ph7yze9v9X
— James (@oG_JlMMY) December 17, 2021
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona man knows all about what it’s like to score a beautiful goal at the Kop, having conjured up the most exquisite half volley in a 2-0 Champions League win over Porto last month.
From similar range, he cut across the ball superbly with glorious technique.
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) December 13, 2021
With Alexander-Arnold’s belter and Thiago’s satisfying stunner, as well as Mo Salah’s ridiculous solo goals, Liverpool’s goal of the season competition is going to be a very tough one to decide.
The 23-year-old has shown that level of quality on many an occasion but was desperate to score a goal of this ilk.
“I’ve been waiting for that [type of goal] for five years,” he told BT Sport post-match.
“I’ve had a few ones from the edge of box and dragged them. I’ve caught that one sweet and it nestled in the top corner, a sweet strike and put the game to bed.”
Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile called the goal “unbelievable” and said Alexander-Arnold’s shooting ability is “different level”.
Liverpool were 1-0 down early on when former player Jonjo Shelvey gave the visitors a shock lead, but went in ahead at half-time after Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino struck.
Prior to his netbuster past Martin Dubravka, Alexander-Arnold made a crucial tackle to deny Ryan Fraser after he looked to get on the end of a Jacob Murphy cross.
Trent Alexander-Arnold sent a rocket into orbit & that wasn’t even his most important contribution to the game. That sprint back & sliding tackle on Ryan Fraser at 2-1 was arguably more important. Get it wrong & it’s a penalty. Get there late & Fraser is through on goal.
— Sheldon Marco Morais (@SheldonMorais) December 17, 2021
There were appeals for a penalty but VAR ruled the defender got a touch on the ball.
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