Liverpool spirit ‘low’ as Alexander-Arnold details worrying ‘pattern’
Klopp happy to see Liverpool maintain form with Fulham win
Trent Alexander-Arnold has admitted that spirits in the Liverpool camp are still ‘low’ despite the club not tasting defeat since April 1. The Reds have won their last five Premier League matches, continuing their good form when beating Fulham 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Mohamed Salah scored the all-important goal at Anfield, converting from the penalty spot after Darwin Nunez won a penalty in the 39th minute when nicking the ball from Issa Diop as the Fulham defender went to clear the ball, consequently being brought down.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been somewhat unstoppable in recent weeks, with good form and favourable fixtures also helping their cause. Regardless, Liverpool players aren’t enthused by their hot streak of form.
Speaking after the win on Wednesday night, Alexander-Arnold admitted that the mood within the squad is not as you would expect given the nature of their performances, also detailing a concerning ‘pattern’. He told the BBC: “We won the game and that’s all that matters. They are a good side and have performed well this season.
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“We dominated a lot of the first half and they had counter-attacks but then they grew into the second half. It’s becoming a bit of a pattern. We haven’t been able to sustain our good starts. It’s something we probably need to look at.
“It reflects where we are in the league and what we have to play for left. It’s not where we want to be and that’s as a club as players, staff and fans. We want to be in title races at this stage of the season or in genuine top-four races. We’re not in that right now and that might be why the mood is a little low.”
Alexander-Arnold has been key in Liverpool reviving their chances of finishing in the European places this season, with Klopp making use of the England international’s creativity and passing by playing him in a more inverted role. The 24-year-old came through the Reds academy as a central midfielder so has thrived in the role, though has created a late headache for the higher powers at Anfield ahead of the summer transfer window.
Klopp has made it no secret that he wants a complete overhaul in midfield, with the club cooling their interest in Jude Bellingham as a result so that funds could be split among several signings in that department. However, Alexander-Arnold could be considered as an option in the centre of the park when the campaign concludes, with Liverpool potentially opting to sign a right-back instead of a third central midfielder.
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