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Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was the Premier League’s undisputed king of Boxing Day after his virtuoso display in the 4-0 win at Leicester City.
In fact, Dec. 26 was a halcyon day for players in that position with Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Tottenham’s Serge Aurier, and Everton’s Djibril Sidibe all setting up key goals in wins for their respective teams.
But it was Alexander-Arnold who stole the show at the King Power Stadium in the day’s late game as he claimed two assists, scored one goal for himself and took the corner which won the penalty converted by James Milner. Since the start of last season, the 21-year-old has registered 20 assists in England’s top flight, more than anyone else in that period.
Alexander-Arnold — ranked No.1 among the world’s right-backs in ESPN’s FC 100 — earned a 10/10 rating for his performance in the win that sent Liverpool 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
England international Alexander-Arnold celebrated his goal in eye-catching style, mimicking Kylian Mbappe’s trademark pose by the corner flag after finishing in a manner that the Paris Saint-Germain striker would be proud of.
— Trent Alexander-Arnold (@trentaa98) December 26, 2019
It didn’t take long for Liverpool fans on social media to put 2 and 2 together and get #Mbappe2020.
How many more signs do people need to believe in #Mbappe2020
— BobbySZN (@Bobby_SZN) December 27, 2019
People need to stop getting carried away with that Trent celebration. Just because it’s the same as Mbappe it doesn’t mean a thing. It has absolutely nothing to do with us signing him whatsoever. Mbappe liking a post has no correlation either.
Also me: pic.twitter.com/sCzjs1WENa
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) December 27, 2019
One even claimed to have pictorial evidence that it’s already a done deal.
— Uncle Mark™ (@iamUncleMark) December 27, 2019
But wait… was Alexander-Arnold’s celebration just the latest in a sustained campaign of covert messages from Liverpool stars trying to lure Mbappe to Anfield?
— 🇮🇪BobbyIsABeast🇮🇪 (@BobbyIsABeast8) December 27, 2019
Or, alternatively, is this confirmation that young Trent will soon be making the move to the Parc des Princes?
Or did he?
Mbappe was doing the trent celebration all this time
Trent off to Psg https://t.co/bgUDB9JNUn
— Swayam (@DrummerInRed08) December 27, 2019
We can’t be certain. But one thing we know for sure is that the victory over Leicester was the biggest in a match involving the division’s top two teams since a certain 6-1 win for Manchester City at Old Trafford back in 2011, and that Alexander-Arnold was right at the heart of it.