‘There’s room for improvement’: Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he must get better after failing to start last two matches
- Trent Alexander-Arnold set to return to Liverpool XI for Red Star Belgrade test
- Defender has been left on the bench for Jurgen Klopp’s side in last two games
- But he’s determined to fight for place ahead of Champions League game
Trent Alexander-Arnold is determined to win back a spot in the Liverpool starting XI having fallen out of favour with Jurgen Klopp recently.
The right back has been left out of Liverpool’s two most recent matches – the 0-0 draw with Manchester City and the 1-0 win over Huddersfield where Joe Gomez started in his place instead.
But rather than complain over his recent omission, the 20-year-old has instead insisted it is his job to knuckle down and find a way back into the side.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (left) and Curtis Jones train at Melwood ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade
‘It will take time and a lot of hard work, so it’s just a case of being patient, Alexander-Arnold said. ‘It’s a world-class club and there is competition for places.
‘It’s wrong if you go into a game and think you’re starting week in and week out. It’s only right that there’s rotation. Keeping people on their toes is the best way to get the best out of people.’
Alexander-Arnold is expected to return to team on Wednesday night when they host Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League as the Reds look to bounce back from their defeat last time out in Napoli.
The defender admits the Champions League is the perfect opportunity for him to showcase his worth.
The defender is determined to win back his place in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI
‘That’s why you want to play in this competition — to pit yourself against the best players in the world and really test yourself,’ he added.
‘I have always wanted to play against those types of players such as Ronaldo and Neymar.
ALEXANDER-ARNOLD SEASON STATS
Premier League: 7 apps (0 as sub)
Champions League: 2 (0)
England matches: 1 (0)
‘Obviously, we got beaten by Real Madrid (in last season’s final) but we took things away from that and used it as motivation for this season.’
Despite his recent omission, Alexander-Arnold admits it has been a wonderful year from a personal perspective with his nine Liverpool appearances coming after appearing in last season’s Champions League final as well as for England in their march towards the semi-finals at the World Cup.
‘I think many people, not even myself would’ve imagined it going the way it has. It’s down to the opportunities and the chances I’ve been given,’ he said.
‘It’s something I’m really grateful for, and there will be more – which is something I’m obviously excited for.’
Alexander-Arnold was part of the Liverpool team that lost the Champions League final in May
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