Premier League 2019/20, Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: 5 Hits and Flops
- Five hits and flops, as Liverpool continued their 100% Premier League winning record to start 2019/20 with a hard-fought win over Chelsea.
#4 Hit: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold broke the deadlock with aplomb in the first half, taking his goal well as he rifled it beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga into the far corner. From a rehearsed free-kick routine, Mohamed Salah teed him up and he instinctively struck goalwards. You wouldn't believe it was his first goal in the Premier League since November 2018 from a similar distance away against Watford.
Chelsea were rightly stunned into silence after just 14 minutes, though there was more yet to be asked of a 20-year-old fullback with the world at his feet. He was forced into countless defensive situations where concentration and his defensive position were tested, particularly being dragged infield by Mason Mount while worrying about Tammy Abraham's movement and Mateo Kovacic's passing from a deep-lying role.
The only real blemish on his performance was Trent's distribution (56.1% pass accuracy), which left a lot to be desired and he was arguably fortunate not to play himself into trouble upon occasion in the Chelsea half under pressure.
Nonetheless, he defended well when required and impressed against an unpredictable, energetic Blues display. He completed seven clearances, two key passes, one interception and what ended up being a match-winning rocket.