Liverpool are back on top of the Premier League table and they’re going to be there for the next two weeks. Even if having a game in hand on Manchester City is a pretty big part of that, at this stage of the season it’s kind of a big deal.
If only from a psychological standpoint, after some of their recent stumbles, the Reds needed a good week leading into the international break. And they got it, beating Burnley and Bayern Munich and then, even if just barely, Fulham.
“To be able to bounce back and show our character was good for us,” fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold said of Liverpool’s recent run—that ended with them finding a way to take all three points against the league’s second worst side.
On paper, perhaps, a win there should have been a given, but good results never are, no matter the opponent. Not over a long and draining season. And so, expected or not, finding a way to win and go back ahead of City feels important.
“These are the ones that maybe go unnoticed during the season,” the fullback noted. “But they are vitally important for us. And I think we will probably look back at the end of the season and think that this game was important for us.
“The full week—the goals we have conceded at home to Burnley, when we went down at home, it was tough going to Bayern, and then conceding a late equaliser against Fulham. Mentally we have been through a lot of tests this week.”
They’ve been through a lot, and came out with three victories to show for it—and with them a place in the Champions League quarter finals and, for at least the next two weeks, top spot in the Premier League table ahead of City.
“Maybe a few years ago we might have won one of those games,” Alexander-Arnold added. “Especially against Fulham, maybe a few years ago we would not have got the three points, but we’ve showed how good a team we’re becoming.
“We’re a force to be reckoned with, so it’s important for us to come back fit from the internationals for the final bit of the season and put our all into the final games remaining.”