Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admitted he was guilty of underestimating Manchester United star Marcus Rashford and consequently experienced his most difficult outing.
Rashford was deployed wide on the left by Jose Mourinho and scored twice in the first 24 minutes when Liverpool visited Old Trafford and suffered a 2-1 defeat on March 10, 2018.
Alexander-Arnold was making just his 15th Premier League start and had a torrid time against the United attacker, but was not replaced until the 80th minute.
The 21-year-old right-back has since lined up against teams including five-time Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but that battle with Rashford remains his most testing appearance.
“[That match against United was] the toughest in terms of a direct opponent and someone getting on top of me in professional football. I’d say I underestimated him,” Alexander-Arnold said of Rashford to The Athletic .
“It was a massive learning curve for me. It was something that I hated happening. As a Liverpool player, it’s probably the worst game of the season to perform like that. But when things like that happen you have to learn from them.
“It was a wake-up call. You hate days like that. You don’t want to experience that. You remember how it felt and that makes you try everything you possibly can to ensure you don’t have another one like it.”