Trent Alexander-Arnold hails ‘unbelievable’ Liverpool after ending 482-minute goal drought to soundly beat Tottenham and register first win in six games… and the right-back insists ‘nothing has changed’ as they get their title bid back on track
- Trent Alexander-Arnold has praised Liverpool’s mentality after win over Spurs
- Jurgen Klopp’s men ended a run of poor form with a 3-1 win over Tottenham
- Alexander-Arnold scored the visitors’ second before setting up the third goal
- The right-back hailed Reds’ ‘unbelievable performance’ at White Hart Lane
- He also insisted that ‘nothing has changed’ in Liverpool’s approach to games
Trent Alexander-Arnold hailed an ‘unbelievable performance’ from Liverpool that saw them comfortably beat Tottenham 3-1 on Thursday and end a torrid run of form for the reigning champions.
The Reds’ title defence had been left in tatters following a five-game winless run where they had scored just one goal, but they put that right against a team they have enjoyed beating in recent years.
Alexander-Arnold, who has been under fire in recent weeks over his own poor performances, helped Jurgen Klopp’s men return to winning ways by grabbing Liverpool’s second goal on the night before setting up the third.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has praised Liverpool’s mentality after their 3-1 win over Tottenham
Liverpool’s blip in form left many to question if the Reds had what it takes to retain their title before their return to form against a poor Spurs side.
Alexander-Arnold himself admitted that he could not put his finger on why the Reds had not been performing well in recent weeks but hailed their victory in north London.
Alexander-Arnold told BT Sport: ‘Nothing has really changed. We are the same team as we always have been. We have the same mentality going into games. We respect the opposition.
‘We are going into games with the expectation we should be winning them. We were really up for the game, everyone was at it. No-one put too much of a foot wrong and it was an unbelievable performance from the lads.’
The right-back helped his side return to winning ways by scoring Liverpool’s second
Alexander-Arnold (left) took advantage of a Hugo Lloris save to fire in Liverpool’s second
Liverpool took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Roberto Firmino took advantage of some sloppy defending and goalkeeping from Eric Dier and Hugo Lloris to score.
Alexander-Arnold’s strike soon followed after the restart as Liverpool’s No 66 capitalised on a poor Lloris save to smash in a second.
While Spurs immediately got themselves back in the game with a fine strike by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, hopes of a comeback were short-lived as Liverpool took the game by the scruff of the neck.
After a Salah strike was ruled out for handball, Liverpool eventually restored their two-goal advantage 10 minutes later through Mane, when he capitalised on an error by Joe Rodon, who failed to deal with Alexander-Arnold’s cross, by smashing past Lloris.
Alexander-Arnold felt Liverpool were good value for their victory and said that the Reds had executed their gameplan perfectly.
‘It’s what we needed and what we deserved as well,’ the England right-back added. ‘We dominated most of the game.
The win ends their poor run of form in the Premier League and get their title bid back on track
‘They had the early goal disallowed – that probably would have changed the way the game was played – but we came here with a gameplan and executed it perfectly.
‘It was tough when they scored but, at the end of the day, I think we deserved the three points.’
The win, a first since December 19, takes the Klopp’s team back into the top four, four points behind leaders Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
And the result also saw a smile return to the face of the German after the game.
‘It was good. It was necessary, it was a good moment to show. We are still here, that is good to know,’ Klopp told BT Sport.
‘I am completely happy about the performance. They put a proper shift in. It was a brave performance against a counter attacking monster, which is what they are, it makes it even more special. It was really good.
Jurgen Klopp praised his side’s mentality with a solid performance against Spurs on Thursday
‘It was a good game, a deserved win. The boys played a really good game. We scored the first goal in the perfect moment. The boys made a proper fight of it and I am really happy about that and played good football.’
Klopp has conceded that he might be forced into the transfer market for a new defender following Matip’s injury, which followed another muscle injury for Fabinho.
He said: ‘We thought the whole time it’s about doing the right thing. I am not picky.
‘We need to find the right player, we have players, not a lot in the defensive line, it is incredible what is happening there, really incredible.’
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