As a group and as individuals, this is a Liverpool squad filled with players who have faced setbacks. And that has only made them stronger according to Trent Alexander-Arnold, who says this group are using their past disappointments to push themselves to greater heights.
“The players we have in our side have all had failures before, we’ve all had setbacks,” he told Premier League Productions ahead of Sunday’s match against Manchester United. “We’ve really bounced back from there and got to where we are now and where we are as a team.
“The biggest example of that is probably the fact that we lost the Champions League final the season before and were able to use that as motivation to get back there and win it the next season. It’s something a lot of teams aren’t capable of, but we’ve showed that we are.”
If their response to finishing runners-up in Europe was to make it to a second consecutive final—and win—then one certainly wouldn’t bet against them now using last season’s nearly-there result in the league, where they earned 97 points and finished second, as motivation.
Certainly the early returns look positive on that front, with Alexander-Arnold and the Reds the only perfect side two months into the season. Eight games, eight wins, an eight point cushion at the top of the table—and with another chance to prove themselves on Sunday.
“The Man United-Liverpool game is always massive,” he added. “It’s one of the biggest games of the season—and they’re a top side as well. It’s always going to be a big game and a big occasion.”