Liverpool‘s quadruple dream is well and truly alive.
The Reds reached their first FA Cup final in a decade on Saturday afternoon after a 3-2 victory over Premier League title rivals Manchester City.
A brace from Sadio Mane and another brilliant header from summer signing Ibrahima Konate secured the win for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Saturday sunshine.
Goals from Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva in the second half made things more difficult than they needed to be for Liverpool, but they got the job done in the end.
The Reds played some scintillating football at Wembley, particularly in the first half where they stormed into a 3-0 lead.
Mane’s second goal just before the half-time interval was a true work of art, with Thiago Alcantara’s assist almost as good as the volleyed finish by the Senegalese forward.
And Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pass to Luis Diaz that kickstarted the sweeping move was perhaps better than both.
The right-back latched onto a chest down by Mane near the halfway line and instinctively pinged it across the pitch.
Needless to say, it landed right by Diaz’s magical feet…
Video: Alexander-Arnold’s insane pass to Diaz
3-0! What an unbelievable goal. From Trent’s MENTAL across field half volley to Thiago’s ASSIST and Mané’s FINISH.— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) April 16, 2022
He makes it look so, so easy.
Alexander-Arnold really is the David Beckham of right-backs and it’s scary to think that he’s only going to get better in the coming years.
As well as playing insane crossfield passes, Alexander-Arnold was exceptional in defence against City.
The Liverpool man won 100% of his ground duels against the likes of Grealish, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva.
Surely Alexander-Arnold has to be England’s starting right-back at the 2022 World Cup?
What he’s doing at Liverpool simply cannot be ignored by Gareth Southgate any longer.
Yes, Kyle Walker and Reece James are both brilliant too, but Alexander-Arnold is a cut above the rest and probably the best right-back on the planet these days.