Trent Alexander-Arnold says Liverpool have to be ‘near perfect’ to beat rivals Manchester City to the Premier League title.
Liverpool finished in 5th last season, 22 points behind Manchester City. It was far from a perfect season. Liverpool’s immediate goal next season will be to return to the Champions League, but Trent Alexander-Arnold says the players are thinking about challenging City again.
“We know how to win the league, we know how to challenge City and go toe to toe with them and you need to be near perfect throughout the season so for us that’s where our heads are at.”
This isn’t the first time Trent Alexander-Arnold has outlined the gruelling nature of competing with Pep Guardiola’s team. Speaking about Arsenal’s title bid in May, he described the relentless team of superstars as ‘like juggernauts’.
“The league is obvious now and I’ve said it for a while,” he said.
“If City are even anywhere close, if they smell blood at Christmas, New Year – it’s game over really.
“There’s no stopping them once they start winning and, now at this point, I’d be surprised if they drew a game. I think it’s got to be a mindset because they don’t even go behind in games at this point.
“There’s no messing around, there’s no scares, there’s no ups and downs. Arsenal were exciting because, they were dropping points, but in an exciting way. Whereas City, I don’t even know how to describe it – they are like juggernauts.”
Following a year of debate over whether he’s good enough defensively to play right back, Alexander-Arnold featured as an inverted full-back towards the end of the season. However, he wouldn’t reveal whether that’s the plan for his position next season.
“I only play where I’m told to play so you know all I can say is I enjoy playing football, I enjoy playing right-back, I enjoy playing in the middle of the pitch a lot.
“It’s somewhere where I find joy and I’m enjoying the challenge of the two so you know I would enjoy playing there in the next season but it’s not my decision where I play.”