Trent not holding again as Liverpool’s Champions League rivals warned
Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool can beat anybody within the Champions League this season and is wanting ahead to the knockout phases, as that’s when “the enjoyable begins”.
Having already certified as group winners, the 1-1 draw in opposition to Midtjylland was purely tutorial. Nevertheless it did current the chance for the 22-year-old to captain his boyhood membership for the primary time.
The true consequential motion on the evening was elsewhere because the membership’s potential last-16 opponents had been finalised.
In Monday’s draw Jurgen Klopp’s facet might be pitted in opposition to both Atletico Madrid, who knocked them out final season, Barcelona, Borussia Monchengladbach, FC Porto, Sevilla, Lazio or RB Leipzig.
Regardless of the obvious power of that choice, Alexander-Arnold insists it holds no fears for Liverpool.
“Now the enjoyable begins actually. The knockout phases, that is the place the very best groups carry out and get by way of. I believe on our day we’ll have the ability to beat anybody,” he stated.
Alexander-Arnold turned the third-youngest participant on the Reds to put on the armband, youthful even than Steven Gerrard, though he assumed the duty on a everlasting foundation whereas the England full-back handed it over when Jordan Henderson arrived as a second-half substitute.
Having come by way of the Liverpool academy it was an evening to recollect for somebody who grew up inside strolling distance of the membership’s former Melwood coaching floor.
“Clearly it’s at all times been a dream, it’s at all times particular to play on Champions League nights,” he added.
“To guide the staff out was extremely proud, it was one thing that was totally different, new to me. It was particular, it felt particular on the market.
“A particularly proud second for me and the individuals who have helped me try this.
“You’ve clearly acquired to offer due to the supervisor and the workers who selected me to captain the staff.
“It was a very proud evening for me on a private notice. I believe I’ll look again (with) fond recollections as being captain for the primary time.”
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With fellow academy graduate Leighton Clarkson, 19, making his Champions League debut and 18-year-old Billy Koumetio turning into the membership’s youngest participant within the European Cup or Champions League as a half-time substitute, Alexander-Arnold was one of many senior males within the facet.
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He believes each may observe the trail he has travelled from academy to first-team common.
“We see it day by day in coaching (from) the lads which might be there, we’ve got so many younger gamers now. It’s refreshing to see,” he stated.
“I believe what they should do is simply give attention to themselves, maintain working, continue learning from the gamers that they’re wanting as much as and who’s taking part in of their place.
“I believe the way in which that they carried out was very well – I believe Leighton, particularly, taking part in his first Champions League recreation. He did very well on the market.
“Billy when he got here on did a job so it was an excellent efficiency from the younger lads and I believe they’ll be proud and I’m positive all their households might be happy with them as effectively.”
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