Trent Alexander-Arnold has received a little bit of criticism early in the season.
I personally find it unfair, but there seems to be a view emerging that he’s getting exposed defensively a little easier than usual. And, somehow, people have also decided his attacking form is bad because they’re looking for faults now.
But it hasn’t affected him too much.
“The games come thick and fast and it’s only going to get harder for us,” Alexander-Arnold told the official Liverpool site.
“I think obviously the way the season ended last year and the pre-season schedule and stuff like that, it’s difficult to get fit quickly but I think the lads are finding their feet and we’re getting into that stride that we got into last season.
“I think the more games you play, the fitter you are and I think when you’re on a good run and you’re getting results like we have done in the last two games then we want as many games as we can to keep this momentum going.”
Speaking on the win over Sheffield United yesterday, the right back added that “I think we started the game well and obviously conceded the goal. It was tough to take, them setbacks are hard to overturn, but we’ve got that character in the team and we’ve shown our resilience and went and got two. Two good goals [and] we had a few more chances to score but I think the three points is what we wanted the most.”
Everyone’s talking about Virgil van Dijk’s injury, and Alexander-Arnold is aware of his loss, but knows it can be dealt with.
“He’s a massive presence on and off the pitch, in the changing room, everything. His communication and leadership is massive for us back there, he’s probably the leader of the back four and obviously without him it’s a bit strange because this is probably the first time and the first spell where we haven’t had him since he’s came in. So it’s a bit weird for us but we want to adapt and adjust and I think in the two games we’ve been without him - well, three if you include Everton - we’ve shown how good we are defensively.
“Fab’s stepped up and done an amazing job in there [and] Joey G is stepping up and leading as well. So even though it’s disappointing not to have Virg, it’s also an opportunity for us to come together as a back four and show our leadership and show that even though Virg is a big miss, hopefully we won’t miss him as much as everyone potentially thinks.”
Liverpool should just concentrate on the games coming and get results. Everything else is a distraction. Alexander-Arnold, thankfully, gets that.