Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday gave the Reds their third clean sheet of the season. The game saw some defensive mishaps and nervy moments, but on the whole the back four and new goalkeeper, Alisson, can be proud of their efforts so far. Trent Alexander-Arnold definitely is.
“It’s the Premier League so not every game is going to be straightforward, especially today they had a lot of chances and we’re happy to keep the clean sheet and come away with the three points, which is the main thing,” the 19-year-old defender told the club’s official website.
“Every win feels the same, whether you score six or seven goals or you win 1-0, they all feel the same. The tighter games make you work harder, and it makes it that little bit sweeter when you come out with the win.”
Alexander-Arnold had a few moments of sheer brilliance, including a lovely shot on goal and a sublime pass, but it’s the clean sheet that made him happiest.
“You want to keep as many clean sheets as you can and that’s how you win games, keeping clean sheets,” he added. “If you keep a clean sheet you’re guaranteed to get a point and we’re happy the way it’s going through the whole team. It’s not just the back four and the goalkeeper, it’s obviously the midfield and even the attackers who showed today that they can win the ball high up and punish teams.”
And if there’s a clean sheet, all this Liverpool squad need is a single chance to tip the game in their favour.
“[Brighton] came with a game plan,” Alexander-Arnold said. “They tried to stop us from creating chances and they did that to a certain extent, but with the attacking force that we’ve got it’s hard to keep us out for the whole game. Mo showed that he only needed one chance really, and he took it and got the goal.
“We were pushing and we weren’t quite getting any joy from it and then out of nothing we win the ball high up, which is what we want to do, nick the ball and be lethal.”