James Milner encapsulates team-mates joy for Trent Alexander-Arnold after he netted the winner

James Milner was delighted for his teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold, who silenced critics after days of being subjected to racism and criticism, as the 23-year-old sealed three points against Aston Villa.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold thumped home Liverpool's winner as they overcame a first-half deficit to beat Aston Villa.

Not only snatching the three points for the Reds into stoppage time but also under the prying eyes of Gareth Southgate, the England manager who omitted the Liverpudlian just a month earlier. 

The 22-year-old takes all the headlines after a week that saw scrutiny over his mid-week performance against Real Madrid and the racist attacks he was subjected to in the aftermath of the defeat. 

Barely putting a foot wrong, the West Derby-born midfielder-cum-right-back was awarded the man of the match for his role in securing their first home win in 2021.

Ollie Watkins, fortunately, fired Dean Smith's side in front after the visitors withstood constant flurries of attacks from the hosts, his right-footed strike crept under Alisson minutes before the break. 

Roberto Firmino thought he restored parity in first-half stoppage time but Andy Madley in the VAR control room in Stockley Park adjudged that Diogo Jota was offside in the build-up to the equaliser.

A moment which will cast dark shadows over the technology, hours after Wolves saw a goal contentiously ruled out under similar circumstances, in its own right. 


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Mohamed Salah, who moved level with Harry Kane at the top of the standings in the race for the golden boot, headed home the rebound after Emi Martinez parried Andy Robertson's strike into the Egyptian's path.

With the game on a knife-edge in the dying embers of the game, Thiago met Xherdan Shaqiri's cross only to be denied by superb reflexes from the Villa goalkeeper. 

In the same passage of play, Alexander-Arnold picked up the ball, moved inside and unleashed a thunderous right-footed effort into the far corner. 

With three points seemingly in the bag, he reeled off to roars from the Liverpool bench in front of a deserted Kop Stand - which if at capacity would've erupted - kissing the badge as he celebrated.

James Milner, who captained Liverpool in the absence of the injured Jordan Henderson, speaking to BBC's Match of the Day was elated for the full-back grabbing his first goal of the season.

"It says a lot about his character. People forget how young is he, such a young age.


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"He's been very fortunate in his career so far, so being left out of the England squad is probably one of his first disappointments.

"But he's got a massive goal at the end, it was a great position he took up in midfield just before. We're delighted for him."