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2018 09 15 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold speaking on his favourite moment of 2018] I think I would have to say the smiles on my family’s faces when I played for England in Russia. Not many people can say their family has seen them play at a World Cup. I feel I have been very lucky. When you are growing up you have dreams of being a footballer, perhaps even playing for the club you support, and I am living that dream
2018 10 13 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold after facing world champion Magnus Carlsen in chess] I’m proud. I don’t think I could do too much differently. He just trapped me, really
2019 08 03 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold hopes to serve as a sounding board for Liverpool’s next generation after forging a path for academy graduates to follow] I think I understand that I have a responsibility for the young players. I try to make sure I am there for them and they know they can come and speak to me. Hopefully they know I have been in their situation and I know what they’re going through – coming in and out of teams, being rotated, not getting the minutes you want, finding it too hard or intense, or struggling with fitness. I have been through it all. I hope they understand that I have, that I am always here for them, and that I am always available for them to come and talk.
[Sadio Mane’s absence in the aftermath of his involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations will further test a team that failed to win while on tour in the United States] Effectively our season starts on Sunday and we’ve got a massive game against one of the best teams in the world. Coming in off pre-season, it’s going to be tough and intense, but we know we can match them, we’ve shown that over the years. It will be tough, but I am sure we will put in a good effort
: 2019 08 04 Leroy Sane was forced off in the opening stages of their Community Shield match against Liverpool. The Germany international appeared to injure his ankle following a challenge by Reds defender Trent Alexander-Arnold at Wembley.
: 2019 08 08 Trent Alexander-Arnold has named in the 11-man final shortlist to win UEFA’s annual individual awards in his respective positions
2019 08 09 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold wants to improve on his record-setting 2018-19 and picked up where he left off last term in Liverpool’s opener as he delivered yet another assist in their 4-1 victory over Norwich City] I want a better output, to create as many chances as I can for the team. As full-backs we get forward as much as we can, as well as defend. And we want to keep more clean sheets. We kept a lot last season, but we can get better. We did something special last season but none of that matters now. We’ve got to focus on this season and hopefully we can go one better in the league
2019 08 12 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold is confident Adrian can fill the void left by Alisson between the sticks for Liverpool over the next few weeks] [His experience] is the main thing, he knows what he is doing. He’s played a load of games, so he knows what it is about. The reception he got [on Friday], I think he feels as though the supporters are already behind him. Obviously when a keeper has to come off, it’s never too promising, so yes, I think everyone needs to get their head around [the fact] that he probably will be our keeper for the next few weeks and if so, then we have to live with that, embrace that and I’m sure he will learn from us. We will be able to make good connections with him and I think a lot of the lads have made bonds with him already because he’s such a good lad off the pitch. He’s a great lad to have around and obviously he is playing now, that is good for him and us
[Alexander-Arnold feels a high standard has already been set as the new campaign gets into full swing] I think the lads are back and they have hit the ground running. It’s good for us to have them back and in-form straight away. Obviously Virg popping up with a goal again shows that this season will hopefully replicate last season with everyone chipping in with goals and hopefully the attackers don’t feel that it is just them that need to produce the goals and it is a team effort. So yes, I think, so far so good and of course it’s still early days, but it is good to set the standard we have today
2019 08 23 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold has vowed Liverpool will be ready for an open and attacking match when unbeaten Arsenal travel to Anfield] It was tough for us but we got through that so we’re showing once again this season that we’re mentally resilient and we can win different types of football games. I think Saturday is going to be a different kind of test to the one we faced last week so we’re preparing for that. We did well against them last year, especially at home, and we’ll be looking to do the same kind of thing
[Liverpool fell behind in their home meeting with the Gunners in December before Roberto Firmino sparked a remarkable recovery, scoring three times in the convincing victory] I think over the last few seasons, especially at Anfield, we’ve always had high-scoring games [against Arsenal]. That’s the way both teams play, in an attacking style of football, so I’m sure both teams will want to win the game and it’ll be tough for both sides
2019 08 24 Retrieve
[Liverpool vs Arsenal. Trent Alexander-Arnold reflects upon December’s stunning 5-1 win on Merseyside] I think Saturday’s going to be a different kind of test to the one we faced last week so we’re preparing for that. We did well against them last year, especially at home, and we’ll be looking to do the same kind of thing. It helps having the full week and I think for us it’s important to get used to both sides of the game - having not much time to prepare and having a full week. We need to be ready for all of those situations throughout the season and the lads have really adapted well. So early on, playing three games in a week is tough physically and mentally but we’ve done well. Last week was positive, we won all of our games and hopefully we’ll be able to carry that on on Saturday
2019 08 31 Retrieve
[Burnley (0) vs (3) Liverpool. Trent Alexander-Arnold has said he’s not concerned the opening goal in their win over Burnley has been ruled an own-goal by the Claret’s Chris Wood] Obviously you are not too fussed about if it is your goal or an own goal – it doesn’t matter; it’s all about the team and winning at the end of the day. I think we have seen the game out really well, defended the long balls unbelievably but, yes, the most important thing was to come here, get the win and top it off with a clean sheet for the first one this season and hopefully that gets the ball running with them
[He said the Burnley defense’s tendency to drop deep meant Liverpool sought to put in crosses from deep to test them] We know that they kind of invite crosses into the box and that is the way that they like to play. They defend the area and the centre-halves like to drop deep and head the ball away. We worked on it during the week, creating different angles, and obviously Hendo (Jordan Henderson) has pulled out wide, sent it back and obviously, as they’re trying to push up, I’ve just tried to clip one in in behind them. And luckily it got a deflection and lifted it over the ‘keeper and into the back of the net
2019 09 16 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he is wary of the threat posed by Lorenzo Insigne as Liverpool and Napoli prepare to face off in the Champions League] Obviously he’s a really good player. He’s someone who really helps them play football, understands the way that they want to play, really encourages the team to play out. They are able to hit [it to] him and he’ll be able to hold the ball up. He’s a really tricky player, really strong, fast, quite agile. He’s kind of like Eden Hazard I’d say, that type of player who is tricky to get hold of and mark. Coming up against him is always a tough test but they’re the things that you expect in the Champions League. He’s a great player, probably a little bit underrated in terms of the respect and the plaudits that he gets. But he’s a real fantastic player. I think his team-mates will say the same and the people that come up against him will say how tricky he is to actually nullify. He’s a good player, they’ve got many a good player and we need to be ready for that
[Alexander-Arnold admits that Liverpool have something to prove having lifted the Champions League trophy last season] A lot of the players that we have are world class players. They know what it takes to win things, what it takes to be successful, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to embrace that as a team. I think we have so far this season in the league. We obviously know that last season we did so well so this season we’re up there again. A lot of teams will want to come to Anfield, beat us, play different ways and we know that’s going to be the test for us. But we need to be ready for all types of tests
We know that being able to keep clean sheets and being able to win games away from home are massively important - especially in the Champions League when you’ve probably only got one or two chances to beat teams and get results. You’re playing Europe’s elite, you’re going to get fewer chances than you do in the Premier League so it’s about maximising those chances and minimalising the opposition
2019 09 17 Retrieve
[That last quote is featured on the mural, as is the logo of Fans Supporting Foodbanks. Alexander-Arnold, like many of his team-mates, is a big supporter of the community cause, which looks to tackle hunger and poverty on Merseyside] It’s important that that message is there. Hopefully, it’ll raise a bit more awareness and let people know they can give back whenever they can
[He is an ambassador for another local charity, An Hour for Others, and speaks with great maturity about the need for footballers to shine a light on such issues] You’ve got to be ready to be a role model; that’s part and parcel of the game now. It’s not about just being able to hold your own on the pitch; it’s about being ready to work hard and do everything off the pitch as well. I think as long as you’re a good person, then people will see that, and people will look up to you
[In 2016, though, he had Trent in his pocket, terrorising the callow young full-back in an under-21 contest between Liverpool and Man City at Anfield. City won 3-0, Brandon Barker set up two of them. Alexander-Arnold was substituted well before the final whistle] That’s probably one of the hardest games I’ve had. It was one of the first times I’d played right-back. I hadn’t played there too often. I was up against an unbelievable team and an unbelievable player in Brandon Barker. It brings back bad memories for me, but it’s those type of games that help you learn
[Alexander-Arnold winces when he remembers those training sessions, when the powerful, skilful Bobby Adekanye would run at him and brush him aside] I hated it. It was the worst training conditions I’ve endured. For those three months, I dreaded it. I knew I’d be going into training getting attacked, I’d be getting the best players running at me on repeat, I’d be getting shouted at, I’d be doing one-v-ones every day and at the time I felt I wasn’t good enough to handle it.
[Alexander-Arnold may have hated those fraught, painful sessions at Kirkby, but he is able to look back now and see their importance] It’s testament to Alex and Critch especially because they understood what I needed. They had to push me really hard and really far so I wouldn’t break when these challenges came in senior games. If I could watch those sessions back and see how I handled it, I’d be embarrassed about how I acted when I lost. I’d be kicking up a fuss, kicking balls away, shouting at people. They knocked that out of me and taught me how to harness a very strong competitive edge in the right way. They taught me I was a better player when I made it personal between myself and the winger. I’d tell myself ‘No matter what, he can’t beat me.’ Every duel became the biggest battle and I had to win it
2019 09 21 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold has praised his team-mate Roberto Firmino by claiming he is the ‘best No.9 in world football’ and believes only Lionel Messi surpasses him in creativity and link-up play] The quality he possesses is unbelievable. He’s one of the best, if not the best, number nines in the world. We wouldn’t swap him for any other player. He is everything to us. We need Bobby to keep ticking. We need him to connect the play and join all the dots for us. Without him you see how much the team misses. It shows how much we really do need him
[In fact, so highly does the defender regard Firmino, he has claimed only Argentina star Lionel Messi is better as a creative player] You’d struggle to name a better link player. Obviously there’s Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but he’s out of this world. If you’re talking about the Premier League I think Bobby is the best and he is still so underrated for what he does for the team. Maybe the two other forwards, Sadio and Mo, get all the credit for their goals, but what Bobby does for them can go unnoticed. He drags defenders out of position so they can get in behind them and the way that he presses and wins the ball back is relentless. He’s exactly what we need
2019 09 21b Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold backs Liverpool for more trophies] I’m sure we picked up things from how City won last year. They showed us how winning’s done. They were relentless. Losing the title was the worst feeling many of us had ever felt in football. Coming so close to something. Coming so close to feeling as though you have made something of yourself and made your family proud and then in a split second, you feel as if you have let everyone down in the world, you feel as if you weren’t good enough. You can’t dismiss one trophy to go after another. Why not go for both? We have got the quality in the squad. We want to win everything. We have to be selfish about that. We don’t want to give other teams an easy route into winning trophies. We want to dominate on all fronts, get to finals, go to Wembley in May every season, be around the title race every season
[Alexander-Arnold says he wants fans to lose count of the number of trophies they win] When we won the Champions League last season, the celebrations were incredible. But it wasn’t even a week of pure joy. We still weren’t satisfied. The attitude was that it would have been better if it was the double that we had done. We told ourselves that that was what we needed to push for this season. We don’t want to be remembered as that Liverpool team that only won the Champions League. We want to be the team that people can’t remember how many trophies we have won because we won so many. If someone mentions Liverpool winning the Premier League, we want people to say, ‘Which one?’ or ‘What year was that? Was that number 19? Was that 21?’. We want people to be confused about how many trophies we won. We don’t want to be remembered as the team who missed out to Manchester City in a great title race. We don’t want to be the team that nearly did it. We want to be the team that did it.
2019 09 21c Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold told that Roberto Firmino is irreplaceable for Liverpool] The quality he possesses is unbelievable. He’s one of the best, if not the best, number nines in the world. We wouldn’t swap him for any other player. You’d struggle to name a better link player. Obviously there’s Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but he’s out of this world. If you’re talking about the Premier League I think Bobby is the best and he is still so underrated for what he does for the team
2019 09 22 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold had said, in an interview published on Sunday morning. Maybe the full-back had had a premonition, because it took him just 14 minutes here to make good on his word] Scoring more goals is something I’d like to improve
2019 09 24 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold says Liverpool must be as relentless as possible in order to carry on winning matches] We are just trying to stay as fit as possible and be as relentless as possible to carry on winning and competing on all fronts. It’s all about the mentality of the team. Obviously 15 wins in a row is something to be proud of, but we know we need to keep on going and keep pushing ourselves even further
[The Reds then host Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League, with difficult league games against Spurs, Manchester United and Leicester all scheduled for next month] We are a strong enough side and we’ve got the squad depth that we need. Players can come in, come out and rotate, so we are showing how good a side we are, how good a squad we are. And as a club this is where we need to be. A lot of players will be disappointed that they haven’t had that much game time so far this season. But the fixtures are coming thick and fast now over the next few months and there will be opportunities for everyone
2019 10 09 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold hails Liverpool manager’s influence] Everything, really. Without him, who knows what would have happened. He’s the one that’s given me the most opportunities - more opportunities than I could even ask for. He’s put a lot of trust and faith in me personally and I’ve tried to repay him every time he’s done that
Within his first few weeks he was down at the academy watching the young lads, and that almost gave us a bit more faith and gave a statement to the club that he is going to use young players and give us those chances. He’s shown over the four-year period that he has given those young players their chances and given them opportunities and obviously I’m one of the youngsters that have been given them. A massive thanks to him, and hopefully there will be four more years of success
2019 10 10 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold open to midfield role like idol Gerrard] Obviously I’m a defender first and foremost, then I want to try and help the team create chances. For now the manager has decided I’m a right back. That’s where I’ll play. I’m really not fussed where I play. I just want to play football. If a manager decides to use me in midfield, or as a centre-back or a striker then that’s where I’ll play
[I modelled myself on] Gerrard, really. Everything about his game I always admired. I always studied him and wanted to be like him. It’s maybe not that important to compare because at a young age, you haven’t achieved the things those types of players have. It’s difficult to say whether you will or won’t. Who knows? For now, it’s about having an open mind and wanting to achieve those types of levels, wanting to be those types of players, wanting to reach the levels they’ve reached. Being regarded in the same bracket as them is something the best players want
Obviously without him who knows what would’ve happened. He’s the one that’s given me the most opportunities, more than I can even ask for. He’s obviously put a lot of trust and faith in me personally and I’ve tried to repay him every time he’s done that. Obviously a massive thanks to him and hopefully there will be four more years of success
2019 10 15 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold says the setbacks and knockbacks suffered by Liverpool in recent times have made the club stronger] The players that we have in our side have all had failures before, we’ve all had setbacks and knockbacks. We’ve really bounced back from there and got to where we are now and where we are as a team. The biggest example of that is probably the fact that we lost the Champions League final the season before and were able to use that as motivation to get back there and win it the next season. It’s something a lot of teams aren’t capable of, but we’ve showed that we are and we’re able to get better from disappointment
Traditionally and historically, the Man Utd-Liverpool game is always massive. It’s one of the biggest games of the season and they’re a top side as well. It’s always going to be a big game and a big occasion because both teams want to win it so much
2019 10 16 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold’s name is officially in the record books with the Liverpool right-back snaring a place in the 2020 Guinness World Records collection] It’s an honour. I’ve always wanted to go forward and help the team to create as many chances as possible. It’s obviously down to the lads to put the ball into the back of the net, because football is a team game and without them this record wouldn’t be possible. It’s an unbelievably proud moment for me and my family, and something I hope will stand for a few years
[Robertson] probably thought he had the competition wrapped up! Near the end of the season we both hit really good form, we were both getting lots of assists and it was good to help the team in those games that we needed to win. [Van Dijk] is a world-class player and the best I have played with. We benefited a lot last season knowing we have players like Virgil giving us the protection behind us
2019 10 31 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold dreaming of Liverpool captaincy] I am not shy in saying that [the captaincy] is a dream for me. Whether it comes true or not is not up to me; I don’t pick who is captain. But that is something I would love to do one day. Captaining Liverpool is something I have always dreamed of and it is something that motivates me. I have always been a Liverpool player, Liverpool has always been my home. I have never thought about changing clubs. I always thought Liverpool was destined to be my club. When I grew up, the dream was always to play for Liverpool. Now I am living the dream and I can’t see that changing
[Alexander-Arnold was part of the England squad that saw their 6-0 win over Bulgaria in Euro 2020] It was difficult, it was tough. Personally I had never faced it before. We got told there was the potential of it happening and we got told we had to follow certain procedures and that is what we did. The team handled it very well. We want to play football, win games and do our country proud. To face something like that is massively disappointing and something that should not be happening in this day and age. It is embarrassing. But these sort of things happen and you need to get your head round them and come out as the bigger people. That is what we did
When I was making mistakes, I was a sore loser. My reaction wasn’t right. If I made a mistake, I would be out of the game for a minute or two. If I lost at the end of training, I would kick balls away, make a bad tackle, but I realised that wasn’t the right way. Alex Inglethorpe, the first coach who stood up against me, told me that would hold me back and it was something we worked on for one season to make sure it stopped happening. It would eat me up a lot - but after you calmed down, you would realise how bad you have been; how it is not OK to treat people like that. It is about working hard, using your mentality as a positive and motivation
2019 11 01 Retrieve
[Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admitted he was guilty of underestimating Manchester United star Marcus Rashford and consequently experienced his most difficult outing] [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. 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
I want to help this club achieve as much success as I possibly can. We had a taste of it in Madrid and now we want more. If there was one trophy that would mean the most to the fans it would be the Premier League. It’s been too long. It’s something all of us are desperate to achieve and hopefully, that’s the next step for this team. We’ve put ourselves in a strong position. Now we need to kick on
[When asked if the rivalry with City is bigger than in games against United and Everton] Traditionally, no, because of all the history with United and Everton. But in terms of intensity, quality, concentration and tempo, they’re probably the biggest games of the season now. You know that if you step one foot out of line against City you’ll get punished. You need to be bang on all the time. The two games last season were so marginal. The 0-0 at home and then the 2-1 defeat away when one went in off the post and one was cleared off the line. Tight as you like. Those sort of games can define a season these days. Last season City away was probably the one game when we looked back with disappointment and thought if we had done better there things would have been different [in the title race]
2019 11 10 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold admits to concern over handball VAR incident against Man City] Obviously yeah, you know there’s VAR and I think it has hit my arm, but I think it might have hit Bernardo Silva’s first. But it’s one of them where you have to carry on playing and we went down the other end and punished them. They were complaining about the goal and the handball and that, but like I say we went down the other end and Fabinho has hit a wonderful strike and we’ve gone 1-0 up
2019 11 24 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold has fired a warning shot to Liverpool’s Premier League title rivals] We have been showing that throughout the course of the season and even last season we showed how much of a good team spirit we have got and resilience. We had a setback with their goal and we bounced back pretty much straight away. We showed our quality and went up the other end and scored. That’s what good teams do, find a way to win, and that’s what we have done
[The England defender added that coming back after playing for your country is testing, but it is doubly so at Crystal Palace] The first game back after an international break is always difficult because you go away, you play a different style and then you have to try to come back in. You’ve got players travelling all over the world and obviously a bit of jetlag in there but, again, we’ve come back to have a few days of training and we’ve performed not at our best but we’ve got the win. It was a tough game and this is always one of the toughest places to come, Selhurst Park, with the crowd right on top of you it’s going to be a really tough game. They’ve got some really good players and it’s always, for some reason, really difficult coming here so we’ve done well to get the win. We knew it meant a lot so hopefully we’ll be able to keep going and use this as momentum
2019 12 04 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold claims Liverpool are nowhere near 100 per cent yet] Yeah, we are nowhere near 100 per cent. I am not sure we have had a game yet where we have been happy with our performance. The City game was excellent but even then we were disappointed that we conceded. It’s hard to accept but for us, it’s about winning. You don’t get given anything for pretty football, do you?
We got all the fans’ hopes up and played outstanding football but ultimately we didn’t get there, we disappointed them. It doesn’t matter how it happened or how we lost it. We could have lost the last five games or won them all, as we did, and it wouldn’t really have changed anything. It was still the same disappointment. We wanted to win it so much and the fans wanted us to win it so much, but we couldn’t do it. Last season City won the last 14 or 15 games on the bounce and they can do it again, can’t they? It’s hard to get too excited right now
2019 12 26 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold: Leicester win was Liverpool’s best performance of the season] We played really good football after all the travelling and intense period, yes it is the best performance of the season. We controlled it, to get four goals is something to be proud of. I don’t get on the scoresheet too often. I saw the space from Sadio Mane’s pass and thought, ‘hit it first time’… Good to get the goals, the three points is what we came for. We are made up
[Alexander-Arnold, though, isn’t ready to start celebrating just yet, with plenty of matches to go before the season ends in May] You don’t really think you will be 13 points [clear] but we are happy to be in this position and we will not take it for granted. This is the Premier League and anything can happen
2019 12 28 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold sets out Liverpool ambitions] I’ve always wanted to be a club legend. Winning titles, playing as many matches as possible, winning matches, becoming captain. Of course, I can’t become a legend if I leave Liverpool to play elsewhere. So, my focus is there and on making the club as successful as possible
[Jurgen Klopp handed the right-back his first-team debut in October 2016] He always talks about how we can improve, what we can do to get into the team, what we have to do to make it happen. It’s obviously something you have to hear as a young player. You have to feel that the manager may give you a chance. You never begin to doubt yourself if the manager tells you what you need to do or what you need to improve in order to play
2020 01 02 Retrieve
[Liverpool ace Trent Alexander-Arnold has expressed a desire to change public opinion of full-backs] Definitely, we are competitive within ourselves. We have a competition between us to see who can get the most goals and assist and it pushes us. As a pair, we want to change the way the position has previously been thought about. Obviously there was the famous saying ‘no one wants to grow up to be a full-back or a Gary Neville’. We want to bring in a different way of thinking and that’s what we’ve been doing over the last 18 months
When you have momentum and good form you want the games to keep coming. We are happy with the way things are going. We are picking up a lot of points but we know there are still a lot of games to come and the FA Cup on the weekend. We are looking forward to the rest of the season. It was something we spoke about - controlling the game more and not being so hectic. We were too open to try and get more goals. We want to keep the ball and tire the opposition out. So far we are invincible but we have only just passed the halfway mark so there’s still a long way to go. It is harder than what people say. We got beaten once last season and that wasn’t enough. We need to keep our concentration in every game
2020 01 08 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold eyeing third successive Champions League final as Liverpool target ‘perfect 2020’] Keeping up the momentum we’ve got and trying to replicate 2019 as much as possible because, if we do that, I think more trophies will come. With the position we are in in the Premier League, if we can replicate what we did in the first half of the season then we will be in a solid position come May.
Hopefully we can get to another Champions League final too, but we’ve got a difficult draw. Atletico Madrid are a stubborn team, one that’s hard to break down, and a passionate team with a passionate manager. It’ll be interesting to see the two managers on the touchline and see who is more passionate!
We enjoyed the Champions League last year because we had such a tough run. Every game we had to get to the final was against a different type of opponent after a really tough group. We had a tough group this year and a tough round of 16 opponent again, but we like to be tested as a team because it brings the best out of us. If you want to be the best you have to beat the best, so for us it’s about testing ourselves as much as possible. Hopefully we’ll be able to go back to Istanbul again, which would be massive for the club, but to have a perfect 2020 we need to win as many trophies as possible
2020 01 10 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold has described his Liverpool colleague Joe Gomez as world-class] That was something that was frustrating for us because it wasn’t as though we were conceding three or four a game, it was always just the one goal that we were conceding. I think over the last few weeks we’ve really matured as a group. Obviously Joe Gomez coming in as well and doing an outstanding job and proving why we’ve got four world-class centre-halves that can play at any given moment. We’ve seen over the course of the season already that all four of them can play together and play to a world-class level, which is obviously good for us. I think Joe coming in for us has been massive and he’s shown the manager that he’s ready to play whenever. He’s done an unbelievable job
[Alexander-Arnold added on the pace and power which makes Gomez a nightmare for opposition attackers] He’s just as solid as anything really. Always there on the cover, always getting the blocks in, his last-ditch tackles are unbelievable. The pace and the power that he has is almost like an attacker. He can go toe-for-toe with any attacker and we’d all be confident that he could be faster than them, stronger than them and be able to hold his own. For us, that’s massive in terms of the confidence that he gives us as a back four and the players in front. It’s a great partnership between him and Virg. They have a good bond on and off the pitch, that’s something that’s important
[Alexander-Arnold is wary of the threat a Jose Mourinho-led outfit will pose the Reds but is confident that they will be up to the challenge] Obviously we know it’s going to be a very, very tough game. They’ve got world-class players all over the pitch, a world-class manager. It’s something that we need to be ready for. It’s going to be a difficult game but we know that if we play the right way and we have the right ideas – the manager will instil them into us over the course of the week, we understand that we’ll have a game-plan going there. Our main objective is to win and that’s what we’ll be hoping to do
2020 02 18 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold unconcerned by Cafu’s Ballon d’Or talk] Obviously massive praise from a legend of the game. It’s something that I’m really thankful for and obviously I have to give thanks to him for them words. I try to be the best player I can be. I think it’s obviously a team game, so it’s about the players I have around me. The players I have in training, the manager, the support I have all around me that enables me to be as good as I can be. Accolades may or may not come in the future, it doesn’t really faze me as much as maybe it does other players
2020 02 25 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold explains Liverpool tactics] There are instructions from the manager, there is a game plan and a way we have to play. Not every game is the same. The opposition set up differently, meaning there is different tactics we have to do. But the manager gives us freedom, he understands the players’ qualities. That’s massive for us. It gives us that freedom to go and express ourselves as much as possible. We are an attacking side. We want to create chances and be scoring goals, be hurting opponents. The best way of that is to get players forward and create as many chances as possible
We’ve dominated the game and tried to create as many chances as possible, but we’re happy with the win, that’s the main thing. But there are a lot of things to get right. The fans were massively with us, especially when we went behind. It’s a massive help to have fans like that. For us, we just try to keep going, that’s the mindset drilled into us by the manager. It paid off in the end
2020 02 27 Retrieve
[Assist king Alexander-Arnold says clean sheets are more important to Liverpool’s success] It’s defending. It’s the foundation to any result. You get a clean sheet you can’t lose the game. That’s our mentality. If we build the foundations with the defensive work and not conceding, we then have the attackers and the midfielders and even ourselves to go forward and create goals. More times than not we do score in games, so if we keep clean sheets we will win games
Trent has said we believe that we can keep clean sheets and I think the midfield is key to that. The manager wants us to get forward, he wouldn’t be happy if me and Trent were just stood on the halfway line defending and the back four just stayed where they are. It’s up to us to take the opportunities to get forward when we feel it is right. We have people like Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georgino Wijnaldum who will cover for us, or sometimes they go and we cover for them. It’s all about getting the balance right. Different games see different spaces open up and on the wings there is sometimes lots of space that we need to capitalise on. It’s no use to us if we’re just sitting back and focusing on the clean sheet because we know we can create chances and we’ve proven that
2020 02 27b Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold eyes individual record in storming Liverpool season] I’m happy to help the team as much as possible. That was my aim going into the season – to get over 10 again. And as the season’s went on, it’s been about trying to push the limits and try to break as many records as I can, try to push myself as far as I can, try to help the team as much as possible and get assists, goals and contributions. Obviously clean sheets first and foremost, but going forward I’ve tried to get as many assists as possible. I’ve equalled that record and now I’ll look to push on and try to break it
Obviously we’re quite close but they’re four very tough games. Anything can happen in the Premier League and we’ve learned that over the course of our time playing in it, it’s difficult for us. It will be difficult, we understand that but our main focus is on the next game and recovering for that because going to Watford is not an easy task and teams have learned that over the course of the season. We learned that when they came here, it was a tough game. We scored in the last minute in that game, so it was a tight one. And we understand that, with the new manager that they’ve brought in, it’s difficult to break them down. So for us, our mentality needs to be 100 per cent and we just need to focus on that and then after that we’ll focus on the next game
2020 03 06 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold explains his Mbappe celebration after rare Liverpool goal] Mbappe’s celebration! It’s something I do with my mates…we joke around. Obviously I don’t score too much, and I was saying for ages that I’d do it when I next scored, and I think it was about three or four months between my two goals, so I’d been planning it for a while!
[It could all have been so different for the right-back though had he not moved back down the field from the midfield as a teenager] Who decided the position change? It was me, Neil Critchley and Alex Inglethorpe. Critch was my under-18 manager and Alex was head of the academy. I wanted to get into the first team as soon as possible, and we decided that was the most straightforward route. It was difficult [to adjust] because when you play higher up you are very rarely isolated in a defensive situation. That was the strangest thing - being one-on-one with someone out wide, with no-one to help. I’ve always enjoyed right-back as there is a lot more freedom going forward. It’s a lot more chaotic in the middle. I probably get more of the ball now than I did when I was in midfield. It’s just about trying to influence the game as much as possible from out there. Going into a game I don’t play to make the full-back position ‘sexy’. I just think a lot of people underestimate how important the full-back position is. It’s vital in the sense you’ve got to be up and down the pitch, creating things but also defending. I just go out there and try to make the team win - whether that means I’m playing ‘sexy’ football or not
2020 03 07 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold on his goal celebration] Mbappe’s celebration! It’s something I do with my mates… we joke around. Obviously I don’t score too much, and I was saying for ages that I’d do it when I next scored, and I think it was about three or four months between my two goals, so I’d been planning it for a while!
2020 03 23 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold quizzed on Liverpool future & chances of being a one-club man] Yeah, I can imagine that. It’s not something I’ve ever really thought about. I’ve always loved Liverpool. I’ve always supported them. I’ve always played for them. So, I’ve never had that reason to think about it. Yeah, still now, I wouldn’t sit there in my room and daydream about playing somewhere else. Right now, I’m a Liverpool player. I love the club more than anything. I love everything about it. I love the fans, the people. I love the city. So, no, why would I think about that?
2020 03 23b Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold hails Liverpool’s leader] Unbelievable. Just everything about him in every way. His man management, as a person, as a manager. Just unbelievable
He’s the same person, because I feel as though in those interviews, when you see him on the camera, you can see that he’s a loving person. You can see that he’s someone who cares about the people around him. He cares about his family, he cares about his players, he cares about his staff. He treats everyone as equals. He treats the captain the same as he would a young player. People probably have a conception of him as maybe being very emotional, heart on the sleeve. Which he is to an extent, but he knows how to control it in ways that are beneficial to everyone around him. He knows what needs to be said and what tone it needs to be said in, at the right time
2020 03 31 Retrieve
[The best right-back in the world? How Trent Alexander-Arnold is reinventing the full-back] It’s a big help if you have a left-footed winger who wants to come inside, because you can then provide width on the outside of them. I’ve always thought of myself as an attacking full-back and I want to express myself by joining in attacks. Mo definitely gives me the chance to do that. I’m a right-back and I hope me and Robbo can help change the idea that no kids want to grow up to be a full-back
[Alexander-Arnold sees his future as lying exactly where it is now] I’m a right-back and I hope me and Robbo can help change the idea that no kids want to grow up to be a full-back. Obviously there was the famous saying, ‘No one wants to grow up to be a Gary Neville’.
2020 04 02 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold was almost lost for words when shown his image alongside legendary duo Carragher and Gerrard] Wow! I’ve never seen that [before]. This is sick. Will it keep me humble? Yes, 100 per cent. It is madness but hopefully it inspires the younger generation when they come through these halls and see things like this, it let’s them know that anything is possible.
I want to be captain, I’d like to think so in my mind that it could happen. It is not my decision at the end of the day but I try and lead by example everyday, all the time. It is [working] so far. So far, so good. It is mad because you don’t think about these things.
You don’t realise you can have your picture at the Academy and you can have things like in and around them building about the trophies you have won and such, but it is a dream come true that these things can happen
I want to win everything that is possible for club and country and just try and be a legend. If that is possible, I want to be remembered as someone who was an amazing player, who gave his all on the pitch and someone who made the fans happy, that is the main thing. And when I am finished, I will be able to look back proud at a lot of trophies won
2020 04 16 Retrieve
[Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold opens up on his path to stardom] [My family] sacrificed a lot for me to be able to play football when I had to. It must have been difficult for an older brother who was missing out on football because of his younger brother, and likewise a younger brother who isn’t really allowed to enjoy the same freedom in football as us, because he has to miss certain games to come and watch me play
It was intense juggling both [school and football]. But for me and my family, education was just as important, if not more, because the likelihood of making it as a footballer was so slim. For most lads of my age, it wouldn’t work out - those were just the statistics - but I always dreamt of football and felt it was a realistic option if I worked hard enough. It wasn’t as if I was overly confident that I would make it; it was just I never thought I wouldn’t
I used to show too much frustration, anger and disappointment. I had to learn to make things right on the pitch rather than beating myself up and letting my head go down. At that age, you’re only playing two or three times a week. I wanted to play more than that
You adapt. [The fame is] all part and parcel of what I do. As a kid, that’s all you ever want: for people to want your autograph, to want their picture taken with you. I dreamt of this life, you know. But then there are times when you need to escape from that. I need to be a normal 21-year-old who goes home and plays FIFA with his mates, sits in his bedroom and just watches TV and does normal things
2020 04 26 Retrieve
[Diogo Jota has won the inaugural ePremier League title after guiding Wolves to victory over Trent Alexander-Arnold’s Liverpool thanks to a golden goal] I was happy to get to the final and I’m obviously gutted not to win it, but Diogo did really well. It was a good game. He’s very difficult to break down and he’s patient defensively. I did quite well against him, but he probably deserved to win that last game because of the chances he created
2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold would love Jadon Sancho to join Liverpool] If he came to us, he’d make our team better. So, I’d be more than happy for him to come because I played with him at England and he’s a special, special, special, special talent
2020 06 02 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold says Liverpool’s progress under Klopp has been astonishing] For me, it’s the progression we’ve made over the last three or four years and the strides we’ve made from being where we were to where we are now, it is massive. As a player, an individual and as a team, the progression we’ve all made is astonishing really. Obviously the manager is a big part of that, and the staff and everyone – the whole club in general has come on leaps and bounds. It’s something to be proud of. Over the lockdown it was a good chance to know that we’ve still got a lot of potential to unlock and we can still get better, which is what we strive to do. Thinking about what we’ve achieved motivates us to go and do those things again.
Just thinking back to when I was a kid and how that motivated me; seeing the parade always motivated me to want to achieve those things. In 10 or 15 years, the younger generation of today will grow up and hopefully use our success as motivation to want to achieve those kinds of dreams and goals, and know these things are possible with enough hard work. For us, we want to inspire a generation to come through and keep the success of the club going
2020 06 05 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold targets perfect finish from Liverpool as Reds seek to smash through 100-point barrier] We’re not training now just to hopefully cross the line, but to win every game we’ve got left. We’ve got nine games and we want to win them all - that’s our aim
It will definitely be different. We train every day with no fans so I imagine we might be able to adapt quite quickly to it. The first game might be strange but we’ll get used to it, then everyone will find it normal.
You can see from the powerful messages from everyone - from people with massive platforms and the amazing amounts of numbers in protests - that a lot of people want change. I think it’s something that is vitally needed. It’s been way too long, it shouldn’t still be happening in the modern day
2020 06 07 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold has played down Cafu’s praise in the past, stressing he’s not chasing individual awards] Obviously massive praise from a legend of the game. It’s something that I’m really thankful for and obviously I have to give thanks to him for them words. I try to be the best player I can be. I think it’s obviously a team game, so it’s about the players I have around me. The players I have in training, the manager, the support I have all around me that enables me to be as good as I can be. Accolades may or may not come in the future, it doesn’t really faze me as much as maybe it does other players
2020 06 20 Retrieve
[Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold wants to use his profile to promote greater equality in society] Racism as a whole is not only the person that it is directed to. Just because I haven’t been directly racially abused doesn’t mean I haven’t felt racially abused, I feel the pain they feel. It’s a community feeling, if you say it to one person, you say it to everyone. Maybe I put pressure on myself because I know that’s the right thing to do. It’s what I believe in. I want to make sure I’m educating people and be a role model. I’ve got a big platform, I know a lot of kids look up to me. It’s not just about being a role model on the pitch. I want to be someone who feels as though I’ve made a change in the way that people think. At the end of my career I want to look back that I influenced a generation, someone who made a change in the way people think. If I get through my career and I haven’t done that then I’d see that as a failure on my part
There’s not enough equality within the system. For that to change we need black people in the boardrooms, we need people in there with a voice. We need equality from physios and kitmen, all the way up into the boardroom. We need everyone to have an opportunity. If two people are evenly deserving of a job, more times than not it will go to the white person, maybe subconsciously it happens. No one is asking to be given freebies. We want everyone to have an equal opportunity so when you are going into an interview you feel as though you are being judged on the right things. Not your skin colour or where you’re from, you are judged on your CV and how good a coach you are
2020 06 21 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold speaks out against racism with Black Lives Matter boots for Merseyside derby] ‘Do your talking on the pitch’. I’ve always loved that sentiment - but now we need to speak up in other ways as well. Tonight my boots will carry the message Black Lives Matter. It can no longer just be our feet where we express ourselves. We have to use our profile, the platforms we have and the spotlight that shines on us to say, it’s time for meaningful change. The system is broken, it’s stacked against sections of our society and we all have a responsibility to fix it. Black people are viewed differently. We face discrimination in actions but also in thought. It’s more than just violence and abuse. Opportunity in life is restricted if you look a certain way. How can that be in 2020?
We are pre judged on skin colour rather than character and personality. We then have to prove these misconceptions wrong! Why? Why is it my responsibility to correct an ignorant perception?
Sadly so many in the black community have to face this each and every day - but I also have hope. Hope that the world is awake in this moment. Finally willing to learn. So while we have this opportunity, where people are listening, let’s speak, let’s educate, let’s campaign and let’s promote the message that better education brings change. This is the moment of change. This is the moment to say enough is enough. This is the moment to make sure it stops now. Racism is a fire that is now burnt out.
2020 06 21b Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold says Klopp embodies Liverpool and made dreams come true] To think back to where the club was when he took over to now, all the players and what level we were at whether he bought us or helped us come up from the academy, the things he’s done to the whole club have been mind-blowing. To change the whole club, to change everyone from doubters to believers, to get everybody thinking the same way, believing the same way and having the same dreams. He just embodies the whole club. Even without being from the city, the country and being local, he just clicks with the club. He does it with every person - the fans, the staff and the players. You’ve got to respect the things he does. Every person who has been involved with him can only thank him as much as possible. The way he develops the people around him to making their dreams come true and helping them do what they want is amazing. He is someone who will always be special to the club and to me personally
If you can imagine your ultimate dream and being so, so close to it - two steps away from it really - and someone saying: ‘You need to wait over 100 days then you might get it’. It was quite frustrating. But the league position hasn’t changed, our mentality hasn’t changed and that is to win every game, push boundaries, break records, win the league and be remembered. You have to wait so long to win the league, then when you do it, you have to wait so long to celebrate it properly. The things we see on that day, though, will hopefully be things we will never forget.
2020 06 24 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold humbled by Beckham comparisons after stunning Liverpool goal] The comparisons with the best free-kick taker in Premier League history are very nice but there is a lot of work to do. I have been practising a lot and I had a few against Everton which I was disappointed not to score with, but it’s always good to get the ball rolling for the boys
The lads have done really well. It was a difficult game and we were disappointed to only get the draw at Everton, but for the first game back at Anfield, it couldn’t have gone any better.
[If the Blues are able to seal a win or a draw against Pep Guardiola’s side, Liverpool will officially be declared champions] It is quite close [the title] but we know a lot can happen in the Premier League. We have worked hard for this and this is what we have always dreamed of. We are in a good position so hopefully we can get over the line soon. We have to focus on ourselves, we are not hoping Man City drop points, we know it’s our hands. We still have to go to City next week and get a result
2020 06 25 Retrieve
[Alexander-Arnold hints at long Liverpool stay] I want every trophy and as many of them as possible. I remember Alex Inglethorpe breaking it down into a thought process that I’ve never stopped thinking about since. It was when I was around 18 and he asked me ‘When do you retire? Maybe when you’re around 34 or 35.’ That’s 17 years. So, you’ve only got 17 attempts to win the Premier League, 17 attempts to win the Champions League or any other trophy. As much you think that’s a long time, the reality is you get only 17 tries and there will be failure, which is natural and will reduce that number
[Alexander-Arnold, who made his Liverpool debut in October 2016, added on his ambition] I’ve been in the senior team fully for three seasons. The first try ended in a Champions League final defeat. The second, we missed the title by one point, but became champions of Europe. This season, we’re about to win the Premier League. So, I’m already thinking I’ve only got 14 more chances. Even though you can play hundreds of games, the fact is you only get a few attempts at silverware. I really pour everything into each season and focus on the here and now.
It doesn’t help to think about the future and winning five or six trophies or whatever because you’re then losing sight of the opportunity in front of you to do something special. I know that if you get into that relentless habit, with a great team, a great manager and a great support structure, the chances will automatically be maximised
2020 06 29 Retrieve
[Trent Alexander-Arnold has praised the work ethic and attitude of fellow Liverpool academy graduate Neco Williams] You can see him improving and picking up little things every day - likewise with all the young lads - and I think there’s no better place for young players to be than at Liverpool, to be given the chances like they got [against Palace]. To be given the opportunity to train with world-class players is only going to make you better and prepare you for days like this so I was over the moon with the way he’s performed and likewise with Harvey [Elliott] when he came on. They’ve shown the quality and shown that when the gaffer is ready then they will be given the chance - and they deserve the chance as well