Premier League legends heap praise on Reiss Nelson after Arsenal down Liverpool

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Reiss Nelson was key to Arsenal’s win over Liverpool on Wednesday (Picture: Getty Images)

Reiss Nelson earned praise Alan Shearer and Steve McManaman after scoring the winning goal in Arsenal’s surprise 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

The youngster pressured Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker into a poor pass, which Alexandre Lacazette pounced on to feed Nelson, and he duly slotted home past the Brazilian.

Nelson had also been key in Arsenal’s opening goal, haassling Virgil van Dijk which caused the Dutchman to play a dreadful pass and Lacazette was quickest to react again, rounding Alisson and finding the back of the net.

At just 20-years-old it was Nelson’s first ever Premier League goal and the division’s record goal-scorer was thoroughly impressed with his composure.

‘I was really impressed, there was no panic at all for someone from so young,’ Shearer told Premier League Productions.

‘He won’t have been in that position many times, but he doesn’t panic. He takes the touch with the left foot and sticks it away with the right.

‘He’s under pressure, he hasn’t really got that much time to think about it, which probably helped him.’

Liverpool hero McManaman enjoyed Nelson’s sense of awareness after forcing the mistake from Alisson, to make sure he was back onside for the pass from Lacazette.

‘What I liked was how he kept himself onside,’ said McManaman. ‘If you look, he runs backwards to make sure he’s available.

‘It’s not the case that the goalie’s made a mistake and I’ll just sit back and watch. His first instinct is to get back, get onside and get the pass.

‘When it came to him, his first touch was beautiful and he just slotted it into the net. Really nice goal for someone so inexperienced.’

Arsenal were thrilled to down the champions at the Emirates (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

The rising star said of his first Premier League goal for the Gunners: ‘You dream as a little boy and luckily to score against the big boys – so I’m happy with the results and with my goal.

‘When I get home I’ll celebrate with my family. I am delighted with the goal.

‘It’s a big achievement for us, we’ve been working hard on the training pitch under [Mikel] Arteta so getting a win against the leaders is a great result for us.’

Arsenal stayed ninth in the table with the victory, but keep their hopes of European football alive as they are only three points behind Wolves in sixth.

Arteta’s men take on Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday before their final two league games against Aston Villa and Watford.

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