‘People say things but I come out and perform for the team’: Trent Alexander-Arnold hits back at his critics after his superb free kick puts Liverpool on their way to a comfortable 2-0 win over Rangers
- Trent Alexander-Arnold scores a spectacular free kick against Rangers
- He said after the game: ‘people say things, but I come out to perform’
- Jurgen Klopp praised his right-back for his ‘beautiful goal’
- The manager added that Alexander-Arnold ‘had a good game, especially defensively’
Trent Alexander-Arnold produced a brilliant moment to potentially transform his season as Liverpool went past Glasgow Rangers in the Battle of Britain.
Alexander-Arnold has experienced the first major drop in form of his career and was dropped from England’s squad last week for the Nations League-Germany game at Wembley.
But he stepped up to bend in the seventh minute in a stunning free kick that set Liverpool on their way to a 2-0 win in their first competitive encounter with the Scottish giants.
Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a spectacular free kick against Rangers on Tuesday evening
Liverpool are now in control of their destiny to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but Alexander-Arnold was just relieved to change the story around him.
He said: ‘People say things, but I come out and perform for the team. It’s been a slow start to the season for me, but I’m looking forward to the rest.”
In an interview with BT Sport, he added: “The boys’ performance was amazing. On Saturday (with a 3-3 draw with Brighton) it was disappointing, we never got going with our press. We came out of the blocks slowly (on Saturday), but this was the opposite.
“We started well and kept it up throughout the game. They had their spells in the second half, but I think we played to our level overall.”
He said after the game: ‘people say things, but I come out and perform for the team’
Alexander-Arnold scored for the third time this season and he said: ‘Normally I don’t score them from that side, I usually score from the other side. You just have to get it on the right track, that’s what I focused on.’
Jurgen Klopp adapted his system to play 4-2-3-1 and was rewarded with Liverpool’s first clean sheet since September 3 and his satisfaction to see Alexander-Arnold deliver such an important moment was clear.
“He played a good game, especially defensively, and a great goal,” Klopp said. “We had a defensive problem, our timing wasn’t right, we take risks in our defense, everyone knows that and these holes are often on Trent’s back, but not because of him.
Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his right-back, who played a ‘good game’ defensively
‘He has to go back. We weren’t at the perfect time, so we had to adapt. It was a beautiful goal, what can I say? It hasn’t been that long since he scored, but I’m glad he still had that in his locker.’
Only a heroic performance by Rangers keeper Allan McGregor made sure Liverpool emphatically did not win and their manager Gio van Bronckhorst said: ‘The gap is clear. You don’t have to see the squads. We compete against one of the best teams in Europe.
“I think we fought very well. We will learn from this game and we have to take those experiences with us to the next game and the competition.’