Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, left, kicks the ball in front of Leicesters Wilfred Ndidi during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Liverpool at King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Thursday December 26, 2019. (AP Photo / Rui Vieira)
LEICESTER, England – If Liverpool raises the English Premier League trophy in May, the end of a three-decade drought will mean so much for Trent Alexander-Arnold.
No game more than the complete all-round performance from the right, which tore the next challenger to pieces on Thursday evening.
After a key role in the first three goals, Alexander-Arnold prevailed with a 4-0 win over Leicester, which brought Liverpool 13 points ahead.
And that with a game in hand and the remaining half of the season.
Five days after the European Champion added the Club World Cup to the trophy list, the cold of Central England won to complete a full Boxing Day program.
"We played really good football, especially after all the trips and the intense time we had," said Alexander-Arnold. "It's probably our best performance of the season."
Roberto Firmino scored the winning goal against Flamengo in Qatar and the striker scored two crosses from Alexander-Arnold at the King Power Stadium.
The goal that suppressed any hope of a Leicester comeback fell when James Milner took the second of the night from the penalty spot in the 71st minute.
The train, which inevitably led to the imposition of the sentence, came from another flank of Alexander-Arnold, which was carried out by Leicester defender Çağlar Söyüncü.
If Leicester hoped to repeat his remarkable 5,000-1 title triumph of 2016, he ended up with this season's first home defeat.
"The big thing that Liverpool has is confidence in winning competitions," said Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers. "They now have the feeling that the squad is very strong and that they will be difficult to change in the second half of the season."
And unlike Rodgers, who coached Liverpool in 2013/14, this is certainly a title that the club that has been trying to achieve a 19th English championship for so long – and the first in the premier – will not miss it League after 1992 era.
"I can write the story myself:" Never in the history of British football has a team had a bigger lead and lost the lead, "said Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp." That sounds negative in my ear. Why should we think about it? "
There was no doubt about the significance of the event for Leicester, which charged a preliminary round series of 10 games with a turbo.
From cannon exploding to a light show, Leicester increased the tension. It was just not possible to get a shot in a gentle surrender in the first half when the defensive high line was exposed and Liverpool liked to launch counterattacks.
Those looking for a breakthrough look at Alexander-Arnold.
A cross was delivered on the 31st with such precision that either Mohamed Salah or Firmino might have gotten away in the end. It was the Brazilian who came to power in the header.
Sadio Mane missed the chance to extend the lead before halftime and met Casper Schmeichel, whose double set frustrated Liverpool.
The frustration would not last long since the only spell when Leicester's attack came to life was suppressed.
Milner was barely a minute on the pitch when Liverpool received the penalty the captain converted in the 71st minute.
A dizzying seven-minute saying began when Leicester was blown apart.
Another shipment of Alexander-Arnold – this time low – was checked by Firmino before he raised the shot and ran to Klopp to hug him.
Then Alexander-Arnold was allowed to enjoy the recognition himself. The Englishman increased the length of the field to get the ball from Mane, then pushed it through Ben Chilwell's legs for his second goal of 2019.
"I don't get to the match sheet too often," said Alexander-Arnold. "(It was) a good counterattack, I saw the field and Sadio played a nice ball and I thought & # 39; hit it for the first time. & # 39;"
He did that before going over to celebrate his arms folded and beaming in front of the Liverpool fans. These hands will soon be filled with another trophy. Maybe even some personal awards.
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