In the past two years, across the board, Liverpool players have performed to an exceptional level. This season, across the board, they haven’t. Performances have suffered and so too results, and it’s left them in a top four fight.
One player who has come in for criticism has been young fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold, who hasn’t lived up to his own lofty standards. At the end of the day, though, what he cares about aren’t so much his own performances.
“In the last three games I felt better, felt a little more rhythm, able to create things for the team like I have the last few seasons,” he told ESPN Brazil. “But individual performances don’t matter as much as winning games.
“For me, the only thing that really matters in football is the results. In some games we have played well but not managed to turn those good performances into victories. So for me, this doesn’t make them good matches.”
Better performances and better results often go hand in hand, and while at times it might be fair to say these Reds have performed better than their results in recent weeks, they often still haven’t performed all that well.
Get better performances, then—easier said than done, perhaps, given the squad’s injury issues and the lack of fans—and the results should follow. At the end of the day, though, the points total is all that really matters.
“Our job is to focus on winning games,” Alexander-Arnold added. “We have to have good performances for that, but what matters is winning.”