Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool have fallen into a ‘trap’ of complacency which has resulted in their terrible form.
The reds have been labeled “Bad Champions” by Roy Keane at the beginning of the month. And it’s hard to disagree with the ex-Manchester United man.
Their fall from last season has been monumental and they have to fight to finish in the top four this time around.
The Reds were champions last season with 99 points, but after 25 games this campaign, they have just 40 points. They lag leaders Man City by 19 points.
The weekend derby loss to Everton was their fourth straight home league loss – the first time since 1923.
And Alexander-Arnold thinks the Reds expected things to get better.
“The trap we’ve probably fallen into this season is that we almost expected to win games on certain occasions because we know we have the quality to find that goal somewhere,” he said in the official program. of the day of Liverpool FC.
“It happened naturally last season and the previous season. But, breaking it down, it didn’t just happen because we were lucky – it happened because we were always working hard, doing the basics and fundamentals until the very last minute and it did. really worked in our favor.
“The fact that we kept doing these things meant that we would always create the right opportunities and not force passes, but we would stay our way and create something that we could score from.
“I think this season we maybe forgot a few of those fundamentals and we just expected to because it just became so natural for us.
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Alexander-Arnold finds his rhythm
Alexander-Arnold was one of Jurgen Klopp’s many men who were underachieving. He contracted Covid-19 and then caught an insignificant calf problem. And its creative stats were way lower than last quarter.
He did put up a solid display against Everton, however, and believes he could return to his best.
“It was kind of bad form that I haven’t really had before,” he added. “It’s always been pretty good in the past, so it’s new.
“But I set goals and levels and I have expectations of myself. If I don’t meet them I’m not happy and when I meet them then I am.
“I haven’t been able to meet them this season but there is still a long way to go and in the last few games I felt better, I felt a little more in rhythm, I was able to create things for the team and feel I have been in the last season.
“But the individual side doesn’t matter as much to me as winning games. You have 38 games in a season, so there is still a lot to come.
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