The 27-yeard-old Ghanaian had seen off Moussa Sissoko’s Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the previous round and was clearly aware he needed to be ready for the Reds’ big attacking threat.
He gave the Magpies a surprise lead thanks to Allan Saint-Maximin’s character in the game. That was going to be the end of his goal action with Alexander-Arnold responding with strikes from himself, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
What a day of #ePremierLeague Invitational quarter-finals action! 🙌
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— Premier League (@premierleague) April 24, 2020
Jiangsu Suning midfielder and fellow Ghanaian teammate of Atsu, Mubarak Wakaso, took to Twitter after the game to poke some fun at the former Chelsea man.
“After all the training given to you two days ago you still went out there to disgrace your self and Newcastle,” Wakaso joked.
“I told them you don’t know anything. What a disgrace. You see your face. I laugh enter Volta market Christian Atsu. What a day for me. God no be lefty.”
Hmmm after all the training given to you 2days ago you still went out there to disgrace your self and @NUFC ah I told them you don’t know anything 😂😂😂😂😂 what a disgrace you see your face 😂😂😂 I laugh enter Volta market @ChristianAtsu20 what a day for me God no be lefty 😂 pic.twitter.com/oq9qxtEYYn
— M.M.JUNIOR WAKASO (@WakasoBobby) April 24, 2020
Liverpool come up against Manchester City in the first semi-final on Saturday, while Wolves tackle Burnley in the other fixture.