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What Jurgen Klopp said to Trent Alexander-Arnold after his goal in Liverpool 5-0 Swansea

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Trent Alexander-Arnold had a game he'll remember forever against Swansea City as he scored his very first Anfield goal.

It was the third in an eventual 5-0 rout by Liverpool that saw the 19-year-old right-back steal in to win the ball on the edge of the area before crashing one in off the crossbar.

The strike takes Alexander-Arnold to three senior-level goals, but this one was extra special for the local lad - his first at Anfield, his first in the league, and his first at the Kop end.

It's been a fantastic year for the teenager in 2017 after being named Liverpool's young player of the year at the end of last season.

The right-back went on to begin the season by setting Liverpool on their way to Champions League qualification with a brilliant free-kick against Hoffenheim - his first senior goal.

A second goal in the 7-0 drubbing of Maribor followed, and now more plaudits after his first league goal.

And the first to congratulate him? Jurgen Klopp, of course.

Alexander-Arnold and Klopp were seen embracing after the final whistle on Boxing Day, although the player revealed that his manager had some advice to go along with the praise.

"He was really happy with the goal," said Alexander-Arnold as per The Metro. "I got an elbow to the face at one point and he said I had to get back up unless I had a broken nose."

It's probably not exactly what he expected to hear after his goal, although the strides that the 19-year-old has made under Klopp mean that he will likely take any advice that the coach gives him.

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"The performance could have been better, especially in the first half," Alexander-Arnold continued.

"It’s a dream come true to score at Anfield, especially to win.

"I’ve scored two goals away from home but it’s good to get one at Anfield, especially at the Kop. I had a few family members here."

The long-term injury to Nathaniel Clyne has given both Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez an abundance of opportunities at right-back this season, with the two rotating to cover Liverpool's commitments in the Premier League and Champions League.

Both are considered future stars for The Reds, and Liverpool fans are certainly hoping that at least some of their defensive issues could be fixed long-term by the two outstanding young talents already at the club.

The two would certainly be an awful lot cheaper than Virgil van Dijk.

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