Alexander-Arnold on Liverpool fans’ return and jokes about problem it will bring

When Liverpool face Wolves on Sunday evening, it will be the first time in over 30 years that the Reds will step out as champions in front of a Kop featuring supporters.

Almost nine months since Jurgen Klopp's side's last home encounter in front of fans and six since being confirmed as title winners, Anfield will house 2000 supporters for the Premier League showdown.

With England moving to a tiered system as the second national lockdown is replaced, fans are now able to return to some grounds across the country.

Following Tuesday night's Champions League win over Ajax, stewards and staff at Anfield wasted no time in beginning preparations for Sunday night.

The Kop will host 1500 supporters for the visit of Nuno Espirito Santo's side, with another 500 situated in the main stand. It may only be 2000 in total, but it's a major step forwards.

And while Liverpool's home-grown star Trent Alexander-Arnold may miss out on the fans' homecoming due to a calf injury, he can barely wait for his return.

"You don't realise how much fans influence game plans, like with momentum and the sounds you can hear, said Alexander-Arnold, speaking to Ian Wright. "I miss the fans so much.

"It feels empty without them. Even though you know they're watching at home and they're all over the world tuning in, it's not the same without them. Football’s not the same.

"I missed the route into the stadium, all the fans there, tens of thousands waiting to greet us every single game.

"No matter what there's at least 10,000 fans just waiting to watch the bus come into the stadium, it's crazy."

The 22-year-old, born in West Derby, hasn't played since Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

That game saw the two sides who, in recent years, have set a new bar for Premier League title winners somewhat cancel one another out at an empty Etihad.

In this most congested of seasons, both Klopp and Pep Guardiola were seemingly happy to exit with a point – particular the former, having seen Alexander-Arnold add to his growing injury concerns.

However, Liverpool remain very much the team to beat this season once again, currently joint top with Spurs having taken 21 points from their opening 10 games.

That points-per-game total isn't quite matching the number of 2019-20 as they romped to the championship, but Alexander-Arnold believes that the return of fans will only help Liverpool's displays – as well as his own.

"I hear the crowd at times yeah," he added. "Yeah for sure.

"Especially with the way we play, someone makes a tackle, even with the manager, he gets excited, because the fans are excited.

"And it’s like a knock-on effect. If our intensity’s there the fans' intensity’s there, and if the fan intensity’s there so is ours."

Not that there won't be problems for the England defender when Anfield is full once again – especially on what Alexander-Arnold terms the "spiritual" European evenings.

"It’s just something in the atmosphere, you can feel the history, you can feel [the force], yeah.

"The Barca game was obviously amazing but that City game [Champions League in 2018], I've never felt like that.

"The only negative about those nights is you can't speak to your centre-back as you can''t even hear them.

"You're screaming at the top of your lungs, and they can't hear you! You're trying to tell them 'Your shoulder, watch your shoulder' but they can't hear you.

"That’s the only negative but it’s a positive really."

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