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Alexander-Arnold: We Know We Can’t Play Like This Every Week

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The right back talks about the Villa game and looks forward to City next Sunday

Aston Villa v Liverpool FC - Premier League Photo by Ian Cook - CameraSport via Getty Images

Have we all recovered from the heart-stopping condition that being a Liverpool fan is? The team produced yet another miraculous win (or yet another game where we managed to convert our many chances in the last possible minute, if you’re going to be pedantic) and walked away from Villa Park with three points this weekend. It was particularly sweet for Trent Alexander-Arnold, who made his 100th appearance for the Reds on Saturday.

“It was good to get the win today and the 100th game obviously is a proud milestone for me personally,” Alexander-Arnold told the club’s official website after the game. “It’s something I’ve always dreamed of. It’s something me and my family are so proud of and I’m happy that we got the three points.”

When asked about the nature of the win (presumably while the interviewer was still clutching their chest and gasping), Alexander-Arnold seemed to at least acknowledge that the current pattern shouldn’t continue.

“Obviously we want to be winning games differently than we have been recently, but a win’s a win.

“These are the ones that entertain the fans the most and it shows the relentlessness that we have got in the team to keep on going, keep wearing teams down and today we showed that with two goals very late on.”

“Obviously we know we can’t play like this every single week so we need to improve in certain areas and make sure these early goals against us need to stop happening.”

That’s well and good, but someone needs to explain the word “entertain” to Alexander-Arnold, because I don’t think any Liverpool fan has felt anything except escalating anxiety and weak relief in the last few weeks. Luckily, we get to do it all over again with Genk on Tuesday and then Manchester City on Sunday.

“I’m sure it will be an exciting clash come next Sunday and both teams will be looking for the three points - but we will need to make sure we keep our 100 per cent concentration for the whole game.”