It’s easy to forget that Liverpool players have real friendships with players at rival clubs but it’s happening and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Trent Alexander-Arnold has a few of these so called friends at Manchester United who the young fullback will be suspending the niceties to come Sunday.
You make fast friends at England International Duty Camp and it wasn’t long before our Trent found himself alongside Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford under the cone of friendship.
But the upcoming match is serious business and not a place for sympathy. Alexander-Arnold admits that strong EIDC relationships have worn down the sharp edges of their individual club allegiances, but he and his United friends will each be solely committed to winning at Old Trafford.
“I think probably the England set up has helped everyone overcome the bitter club rivalries,” Alexander-Arnold said.
“That has probably helped us do so well internationally. But when you are not on international duty then it is normal business as usual.
“There definitely won’t be any texting. You focus on your job and on the day there will be no smiles. We will go into battle with them and hopefully we will come out on top.”
Last season’s visit to Manchester United was a low point for Alexander-Arnold. The Liverpool defender had his hands full with Rashford, who scored a brace that day for a 2-1 win.
But instead of wallowing in his own disappointment, Trent sought out advice from people he looks up to about how to deal with the emotional fall out after his performance.
“I still use it as a learning point,” said Alexander-Arnold,
“That the best thing to probably do. To look back on the harder games that you have had, the tougher games, learn what I didn’t do well and what I could have done better.
“The Manchester United game was definitely one of those games and so rather than let it get me down, and think maybe I am not good enough at this level, it was important to use it as a positive and see it as a learning step to get better.
“I needed to use it as motivation to make sure something like that doesn’t happen again and prove that you are better than you showed on that day.”
The Liverpool native was able to look back on his poor game at Old Trafford and put a bad day to good use. Alexander-Arnold is a fan favorite because he’s a local boy and Liverpool die hard but he also has the right attitude to challenge himself everyday to become a better player for the team and that means he gets bonus points. Hooray for bonus points.