Trent Alexander-Arnold talks Liverpool’s forgotten fundamentals and facing Man City in the Premier League

In an unique interview with Sky Sports’ Patrick Davison, Trent Alexander-Arnold discusses Liverpool forgetting their fundamentals of the final two seasons, his private kind this time period and how essential beating Manchester City is for the title race.

It has been an out-of-sorts season for Liverpool. They have already misplaced 4 Premier League video games this season – yet one more than the entirety of their title-winning marketing campaign – and noticed their 68-game unbeaten residence file in the league ended by Burnley simply over two weeks in the past.

There was one other residence defeat on Wednesday in opposition to Brighton, the first time they’d misplaced successive Premier League video games at Anfield since September 2012.

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It has been a worrying downward flip from a staff so used to victory over the previous couple of seasons, however what does Alexander-Arnold make of Liverpool’s present kind?

Ahead of facing Man City on Sunday, dwell on Sky Sports, the right-back instructed Davison: “Once you get accustomed to successful all the time, which we have now been doing in the earlier two seasons actually, you do get used to the feeling and you begin to sort of count on it.

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“That’s most likely the lure that we fell into this season in that we anticipated to win video games as a result of we’re ok, one thing will occur and we have now that high quality to discover a objective from someplace, which occurred naturally final season and the season earlier than.

“But actually breaking it down, that did not simply occur as a result of we have been fortunate, it occurred as a result of we labored laborious, doing the fundamentals and fundamentals proper till the final minute. That actually labored in our favour. The reality we have been nonetheless doing it meant we have been creating the proper alternatives that we may rating from.

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“I feel perhaps this season, we have forgotten a couple of of these fundamentals and we have simply anticipated us to try this as a result of it turned so pure for us to do it.

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“Every team goes through periods like this. You can’t expect anyone to keep winning every single game, especially in a league like the Premier League. It would be wrong of us to expect that from ourselves and for people to expect it of us. We want to, but I think in the back of our minds, we all knew this period would come at some point.

“But we’re a staff that is not going to take a seat right here and make excuses. There aren’t any excuses on our behalf as a result of we have misplaced a couple of centre-backs and we have not obtained followers – that is the similar for everybody. We’ve had a couple of accidents however that is soccer, you’ll be able to’t blame anybody for that. It’s about us having the ability to alter and adapt to the scenario. We have not performed that in addition to we’d have preferred to.

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“With people talking about our centre-halves, it’s not like we’re conceding three or four goals a game. It’s more about one goal, not keeping a clean sheet and not scoring at the other end. Apart from the Villa game, none of our games have been really high-scoring opposition games. So in terms of our defensive structure and keeping goals out, we’ve been able to do that to an extent so there are no excuses there.

“It’s nearly clicking as a full staff and getting that rhythm again. I personally really feel in the previous couple of video games, we have now been doing that, bar the Brighton recreation… It’s not as if our performances have been down in the gutter. We have been performing fairly properly. It’s nearly discovering that rhythm and we had been doing that till the Brighton recreation, but it surely’s about discovering that once more and we’ll want that on Sunday.”

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It has been a busy latest schedule too as the Premier League continues to take care of the impression of the coronavirus pandemic, however Alexander-Arnold doesn’t essentially view it as a hindrance.

He stated: “It works in our favour that there are so many games because when things are going well, we want them to keep coming thick and fast. I imagine Man City are feeling that way. They are winning so many games that they want them to keep coming and keep that momentum going.

“It’s the similar for us proper now. We need the alternative to place issues proper as quickly as attainable, so both manner, it is a optimistic. You’re both constructing momentum or attempting to show that momentum the different manner and bounce again.”

‘I’m not at the stage I need to be’

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Trent Alexander-Arnold doesn’t assume he has hit the similar ranges of efficiency this season in comparison with the previous couple of years

The pacey wing-back runs of Alexander-Arnold and his reverse quantity, Andy Robertson, have been a key function of Liverpool’s latest success.

However, the England right-back doesn’t really feel like he’s reaching the similar excessive requirements he has set himself since his Liverpool debut.

When requested by Davison he felt like he was reaching the similar ranges this season, Alexander-Arnold stated: “No. There’s been times this season that I felt like I’ve been playing quite, recently I’ve been trying to get back into that rhythm from a personal point of view. It’s been a tough season in that respect.

“It’s about discovering that rhythm and getting again into it and letting issues occur naturally. It’s been fairly tough however once more, there isn’t any excuses. I need to strive and make issues occur for the staff and carry out in addition to I can to assist us win video games. That’s what I’m attempting to do.”

‘Man City may very well be deciding issue in title race’

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After two successive 1-0 defeats at residence to finish a record-breaking unbeaten streak, who do Liverpool face subsequent at Anfield? Only present Premier League leaders Man City on a nine-match successful run.

Although there’s a seven-point hole between the two sides, Alexander-Arnold is ruling nothing out in the title race, however says beating Pep Guardiola’s aspect is essential.

He added: “Who is aware of, it is the Premier League, perhaps we do not, however I feel as a common reply, I’d say sure, it is a recreation you might want to win. We felt that final season and they’d have felt that defending their title, {that a} recreation in opposition to us is a recreation you might want to win. When you do take a look at the desk and take a look at different groups, the one which catches the eye for us is Man City and the two video games in opposition to them are the ones which are most likely going to problem you the most.

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“It could be the deciding factor. Going back to the 2018/19 season when there was only a point in it, they won the home game and drew the away game so we came away with one point out of six and they had four and that was eventually the thing that probably won them the title.

“So it’s the recreation we really feel we have to win. We are enjoying catch-up, however you’ll be able to by no means say by no means in the Premier League – stranger issues have occurred.

“As of right now, we’re probably not [in the title race] if you look at the table. Man City are so far ahead and it’s just about playing catch up and win as many games as we can. That’s all we can do and hopefully they drop points along the way and we don’t, but all we can do is focus on ourselves, put things right and get the win on Sunday.”

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