Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a stalwart as Liverpool’s first choice right back for several seasons and has helped his team win a Premier League title, Champions League, League Cup and FA Cup.
The Englishman has been one of the most influential full backs in Premier League history, registering a staggering 47 assists in the top flight during his time at Liverpool.
Alexander-Arnold’s attacking contribution makes him stand out as one of the very best right backs in world football. However, the defender is sometimes criticized for a perceived lack of defensive awareness.
He has faced his share of criticism this season, as have many of his teammates in what has been an overall inconsistent and disappointing season for Liverpool when compared to what The Reds achieved last season.
Alexander-Arnold spoke honestly to the Liverpool Echo about this season and how his team still believes they can qualify for top four.
“Of course, as a team, we would have hoped to have had a much better season, to be in the title race and in and around trying to win the league but that hasn’t been the case this season.
“It’s one of those, we will assess what really went wrong and what happened at the end of the season. It’s not one for dissecting during the middle of the year.
“We’ve got to focus on the task ahead and our targets have probably changed a bit. We still want the top four and that is what we all want as a team, as players, as a club. That is where we need to be and we need to give everything we can to make sure we’re in the Champions League next year.
“There is always a weird transition period in the season where you’re sort of in between targets. Whether you can push for the league or you’re fighting for top four and there is always a weird air about it.
“But I think now we fully understand what our task is now and it’s to go and get the top four.
“That’s our aim, that’s our target and we’re clear in our vision. That is what we’re aiming for and as a team we think it’s achievable and as a team we just need to go there and produce it and that starts with us. We started out with a good set of results, the last four league games especially and then it’s obviously a big one on Sunday.”
Alexander-Arnold spoke about the importance of the fixture vs Manchester United this Sunday.
“It’s a big fixture. It’s always big no matter what’s going on between the two teams and the different situations that are going on.
“The game is always massive, it’s always the one the fans want to win and as players we really want to win as well, so it’s one the club is passionate about. There’s a big three points up for grabs and that is the aim is to get the three points this Sunday.”