‘People say things but I’m going out and playing for the team’: Trent Alexander-Arnold hits back at criticism after SUBLIME free-kick puts Liverpool on course for comfortable 2-0 win over Rangers
- Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a spectacular free-kick against Rangers
- He said after the game: “People say things but I go out and play”
- Jurgen Klopp raves about his right-back for his ‘wonderful goal’
- The manager added that Alexander-Arnold had ‘a good game, especially defensively’
Trent Alexander-Arnold produced a potentially season-changing moment of brilliance as Liverpool overtook Glasgow Rangers in the Battle of Britain.
Alexander-Arnold suffered the first major drop in form of his career and was left out of the England squad last week for the Nations League clash with Germany at Wembley.
But he came on in the seventh minute to bend a fine free-kick that put Liverpool on course for a 2-0 victory in their first competitive encounter with the Scottish giants.
Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a spectacular free-kick against Rangers on Tuesday night
Liverpool are now in control of their destiny to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages but Alexander-Arnold was just relieved to change the narrative around him.
He said: “People say things but I’m going out and playing for the team. It’s been a slow start to the season for me but I’m looking forward to what’s next.
In an interview with BT Sport he added: “The performance was great from the guys. Saturday (in a 3-3 draw with Brighton) was disappointing, we never started with our press. We were slow out of the blocks (Saturday), but it was quite the opposite.
“We started well and continued throughout the game. They had their spells in the second half, but I think overall we played at our level.
He said after the game: ‘people say things but I go out and play for the team’
Alexander-Arnold was scoring for the third time this season and he said: “I don’t normally score them on that side, I usually score on the other side.” You just have to hit the target, that’s what I focused on.
Jurgen Klopp honed his system to play a 4-2-3-1 and was rewarded with Liverpool’s first clean sheet since September 3 and his satisfaction at seeing Alexander-Arnold deliver such an important moment was evident.
“He played a good game, especially defensively, and a wonderful goal,” Klopp said. “We had a problem defensively, our timing was not good, we take risks in our defense, everyone knows that and these shortcomings are often on Trent’s back but not because of him.
Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his right-back, who played a ‘good game defensively’
“He has to go up the track. We weren’t at the right time, so we had to adapt. It was a magnificent goal, what can I say? Not so long ago he scored, but I’m glad he still has it in his locker.
Only a heroic performance by Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor prevented Liverpool from winning strongly and their manager Gio van Bronckhorst said: “The gap is obvious.” You don’t have to see the teams. We face one of the best teams in Europe.
“I think we competed really well. We will learn from this game and we should take those experiences for the next game and the league.