Trent Alexander-Arnold will be seeking to win his eighth major championship with Liverpool in only six seasons when he strides onto the Stade de France pitch in Paris on Saturday, as expected.
Under Jurgen Klopp, the 23-year-old has been a part of a period of Anfield success in which the club has competed for – and frequently won – trophies every season. However, Alexander-Arnold, who grew up envious of Manchester United’s success, has warned that the current Reds team and fans cannot afford to be complacent about their present high standing in English and European football.
“Growing up, I remember staring at Man United and imagining what it would be like to be them going for league titles every year, Champions League trophies every year,” he stated exclusively on blockassetBlock’s Party podcast. So we can’t take it for granted that we can do it now and be active in it. I’ll use Man United as an example again; they’re probably thinking now, “We shouldn’t have taken that continuous era of success for granted since it now appears that we’re far away from it.”
“We can’t get complacent and just grow used to it as supporters and players; we have to really enjoy it and maintain our expectations where they ought to be.” We must enjoy the game as much as possible because it will not last indefinitely. Unfortunately, everyone will leave the club at some point, and things will be drastically different. When exactly will that be? Football clubs, on the other hand, develop and evolve when new managers and players arrive. So you’ve got to take advantage of it while we can.”
Liverpool has already won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup this season, and they will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday, when they will be seeking to win the Reds’ seventh European Cup. Last weekend, though, Jurgen Klopp’s team came within a point of winning the Premier League title, as they pursued a never-before-attained quadruple.
Despite the disappointment of losing the Premier League to Manchester City, Alexander-Arnold believes that a repetition of 2019 is possible, which is excellent news for their Champions League final chances.
“It occurred to us last time when we won the Champions League,” he said. That would be a welcome boost! Man City, like us, wins a lot of games, so you kind of expect them to win, as we did [against Aston Villa]. You had the highs when you heard Villa scored and the score was 1-0 at halftime, but we still had work to do. We did everything we could and gave it our all.
“We’ve gone undefeated this year, which is a remarkable accomplishment; it’s been a remarkable season, and I can’t complain.” If you win two titles in the domestic season, miss out on the Premier League by one point, and then win the Champions League final a few days later… I would have bitten your hand off at the start of the season for it.”
Liverpool’s 2019 Champions League victory over Tottenham Hotspur came 12 months after they were defeated in Kiev by Saturday’s opponents Real Madrid. The game is famous for Gareth Bale’s spectacular overhead kick and two goalkeeping gaffes by Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius. Mohamed Salah was forced off injured earlier in the game after being dragged to the ground in an arm lock by Los Blancos centre-back Sergio Ramos.
Salah and his colleagues are still angry over the situation, and Alexander-Arnold has stated that the current team will go all out to bury the defeat once and for all.
“The fact that we lost to Real Madrid in the 2018 final means that everyone is motivated to make amends,” he continued. Mo [Salah] certainly has a personal reason for not being able to play after being hurt in the final, but it’s a significant game for everyone. When it comes down to it, the emotions must be set aside, and Mo knows they will.
“None of the lads have objected to Mo going out about how it’s personal and vengeance time.” We’ll use whatever motivation we need, but when it’s time to get to work on Saturday, the emotions will be set aside, and we’ll focus on playing 90 minutes of football and winning.”