With Liverpool having beaten Fulham this weekend, and Manchester City then dropping more points, this time against Spurs, it was a good weekend for Jürgen Klopp's side. Whether or not it can go all the way in the Premier League title race remains to be seen but the signs that a Champions League finish is back on the cards are already clear.

At Anfield on Sunday, Liverpool did not play well for the most part. It took four spectacular strikes to win the game and compensate for some individual errors at the back. When the Reds fell behind with around 10 minutes of normal time to go, a big comeback needed to be produced.

When that is the case, big players step up. Wearing his Adidas Predator boots, Trent Alexander-Arnold did just that. The technique on his shot to beat Bernd Leno was immaculate and it should really have been his second of the game, with the number 66's free-kick in the first half rather unfortunately going down as an own goal.

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When Liverpool needed its local hero, Alexander-Arnold duly delivered. His sliding celebration onto his front, he later explained, was because he didn't want to risk reopening up a wound on his knee. It might only have been a coincidence that it came two days short of 24 years since Steven Gerrard did the same thing after a goal against Sheffield Wednesday, but it was poetic.

There are many differences at the moment between Liverpool and Manchester United but Alexander-Arnold doing a Gerrard impression of sorts is certainly one. Jamie Carragher summed it up well over the weekend.

"It looks like big problems [at Manchester United]," Carragher said on Sky Sports, discussing the Old Trafford side's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United. "I can't actually believe where Man United are in the table.

"Watching Marcus Rashford last night, that was an unacceptable performance for a few reasons. That lad didn't play midweek in the Champions League, but I have been a local player and it's not easy especially when the team is not doing well.

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"For Rashford, and myself and Gerrard at Liverpool, it's your job to fix it and drag others up with you. Watching Rashford, he reminds me of Anthony Martial and that is the worst possible thing you can say about him.

"He comes in and doesn't really care. Rashford is now looking like Martial. As a local player, your job is to drag others up. You do not stop running for that badge and your supporters as you are supposedly one of them."

That is what Alexander-Arnold is doing at the moment. Against Manchester City and now Fulham, he has pulled something out of the bag when Liverpool needed it most, winning three points with two moments of magic.

Now vice-captain and entering what should be his peak years as a footballer, Liverpool's playmaker is stepping up and being counted. Rashford, around a year older and in a similar point in his career, should be capable of doing the same, but Liverpool won't mind it for as long as he doesn't.