Trent Alexander-Arnold placed under scanners for his celebration at the Etihad
Liverpool star could face FA penalties for intentionally "shushing" Manchester City fans.
Trent Alexander-Arnold "shushes" the Etihad crowd (Image via This is Anfield)
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s 80th-minute equalizer ensured Liverpool left with a point after an entertaining draw with rivals, Manchester City. Over 53 minutes after Erling Haaland’s strike, Alexander Arnold scored with his right foot and ran towards the home fans in the Etihad Stadium, celebrating by putting his finger over his lips and ‘shushing’ them.
Sadly enough for him, this celebration has caught the attention of the Football Association, or FA, for the wrong reasons. After admitting he did the celebration deliberately in the post-match interview, there is a good chance will be punished by the FA.
He will be punished as he deliberately tried to provoke the opposition fans, which is a bookable offense but Chris Kavanaugh failed to take action. The International Football Association Board’s Law 12.3 states that acting in a provocative, derisory, or inflammatory way must be cautioned.
Trent Alexander-Arnold says it was funny seeing all the angry City fans
Being adjudged the Man of the Match for his performance, Trent Alexander-Arnold went in to give a post-match interview. He admitted that celebrating in front of the away fans was good and it was funny to see their faces.
It’s always good to celebrate in front of away fans. Seeing all of the faces is really funny.Trent Alexander-Arnold in the post match interview
Despite not playing well, Liverpool was content with a point at the challenging Etihad Stadium, where they’ve struggled before. The 25-year-old recognized City’s tough setup but highlighted the team’s halftime regrouping, securing a crucial point in Manchester.
Their formation and setup really challenged us and they had a lot of bodies in there which was difficult to deal with but we re-grouped at half time, came back out with more of a game plan and pressed them.
Alexander-Arnold mentioned the challenge of playing against the Treble winners, noting that showing too much respect almost led to a loss. To secure a point, he emphasized the importance of maintaining a balance. After Kai Havertz’s 90th-minute goal for Arsenal, both Liverpool and Manchester City dropped in the Premier League standings. Liverpool will face LASK in the Europa League, while City hosts RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
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