A compressed season. Countless injuries. And to top it off, no fans in the stands. The difficulties 2020-21 hit few sides harder than Liverpool, but with another campaign kicking off they’re looking to put that all behind them in short order.
And for Trent Alexander-Arnold, the issue of empty stadiums and their impact on this Liverpool last season side is especially in his thoughts as he and his teammates prepare for their home opener on Saturday against Burnley.
“It’s hard to think back to when the last game with a full house at Anfield was and how that felt,” Alexander-Arnold told YNWA Magazine “I feel as though we were taking that for granted so now when they all come back it will be an amazing feeling.
“It’s also one of them where we’ve still got a job to do and we need the fans to help us. That’s something we’ve all been massively looking forward to and something that kept us going throughout the training camp.”
Liverpool already look energized for a new season. They looked it in pre-season, and they looked it against Norwich in week one, where a boisterous travelling Kop put their voices to good use to help push the players to a 3-0 victory.
Now, the team return home and look to add another notch in the win column, knowing that setting the pace early will be key to their dreams of winning major silverware this season in a season with multiple legitimate title contenders.
“We know what our targets are,” he added. “We want to win trophies. We expect that of ourselves. If we put in the work then I think we’ve got a good enough team, an amazing manager, and having the fans back will make a big difference.
“So there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be expecting to win trophies and have our eye on some more silverware come May.”