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Alexander-Arnold hails ‘very lively’ Nunez debut

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Darwin Nunez’s superb performance in the Reds’ Community Shield victory over Manchester City led Trent Alexander-Arnold to claim that the new striker had one of the strongest Liverpool debuts ever.

Nunez, the centrepiece acquisition this offseason at Anfield, had to wait for his debut after being placed on the substitutes’ list for Saturday’s game at the King Power Stadium.

But after giving the Reds the lead with a deflected first-half shot, Alexander-Arnold came on for an exciting final 30 minutes, scoring a goal and winning a penalty in a lively display.

When asked about Nunez’s performance as a new teammate, the England right-back praised it as one of the greatest at the club in recent memory.

Alexander-Arnold told ITV Sport:

“It’s got to be up there.

“He won the pen. And he scored the goal. He looks lively, very lively.

“He has been brought in to score goals, proving he could do that today. So he’s come in, got his head down, worked hard so far [and] come on today with a point to prove.”

Alexander-Arnold was excited to help the team win the Community Shield, the only domestic trophy that has been absent from the club’s trophy case under Jurgen Klopp.

“It was on target. That’s all I’ll say,” he said of his goal. “I just tried to make a good connection, steer it towards goal. I’m always happy to contribute toward goals. It was an important one for us.

“This one means a lot, to be honest. I think it’s the third time we’ve been here, and we haven’t been able to win it so far. So that was our motivation going into it.

“Our season started today. A lot of teams start next week, but ours started today.

“So it was important for us to get off on the right foot.”

Liverpool came close to winning the quadruple last season thanks to their two cup victories, but City edged them on the penultimate day of the Premier League campaign. They lost the Champions League championship match to Real Madrid.

“Who knows what will happen throughout the season?” added Alexander-Arnold on Saturday.

“We aim to be as fit as possible to push them from the very first kick. This was the perfect start, and we hope to win trophies along the way.”

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