Trent Alexander-Arnold suggested Darwin Nunez had enjoyed one of the strongest Liverpool debuts he has seen after the new Reds striker starred in a Community Shield success over Manchester City.
Nunez, the flagship purchase this close-season at Anfield, was forced to wait for his bow after he was named on the bench for Saturday’s match at the King Power Stadium.
But after Alexander-Arnold had handed the Reds the lead with a deflected first-half effort, the forward appeared for an eventful final half-hour that saw him both win a penalty and net a goal in a lively performance.
Asked how good his new team-mate’s performance was, the England right-back hailed Nunez’s bow as one of the best at the club in recent memory.
“It’s got to be up there,” Alexander-Arnold told ITV Sport. “He won the pen, he scored the goal. He looks lively, very lively.
“He’s someone who has been brought in to score goals, and he proved he could do that today. He’s come in, got his head down, worked hard so far [and] come on today with a point to prove.”
10 – 10 of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s 13 goals for Liverpool in all competitions have been scored from outside the box (77%). Since his club debut in October 2016, only Mo Salah (11) has scored more goals for the Reds from outside the box. Range. pic.twitter.com/f8x4XizWUY
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Alexander-Arnold was delighted he could similarly contribute to winning the Community Shield, the lone domestic honour previously missing from the club’s cabinet under Jurgen Klopp.
“It was on target, that’s all I’ll say,” he said of his goal. “I just tried to make a good connection, steer it towards goal. I’m always happy to contribute towards goals. It was an important one for us.
“This one means a lot, to be honest. I think it’s the third time we’ve been here, and we haven’t been able to win it so far. That was our motivation going into it.
“Our season started today. A lot of teams start next week, but ours started today, so it was important for us to get off on the right foot.”
Double cup glory last term helped Liverpool go within a whisker of a quadruple, before City edged them on the final day of the Premier League season and they then fell to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
“Who knows what will happen over the course of the season?” added Alexander-Arnold on Saturday.
“Our aim is to be as fit as possible to push them from the very first kick. This was the perfect start, and we hope to win trophies along the way.”
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