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The Reds defender believes that collective standards have fallen in 2020-21 as Jurgen Klopp’s team has become used to doing things their way.
Trent Alexander-Arnold admits that Liverpool have fallen into the “trap” this season of hoping to win, given their recent success, with a disappointing title defense attributed to collective failures.
The Reds ended a 30-year wait for title glory in record style during the 2019-20 campaign.
Jurgen Klopp’s team was expected to establish a new dynasty at Anfield, but the injury struggles conspired against the Merseyside men and they have already had to throw in the towel after hitting a series of lows that have contributed to them placing sixth in the Premier League. table.
What has been said?
Trying to explain a humble fall from the highest of the perches, Alexander-Arnold told the Reds’ official program of the day: “The trap that we have probably fallen into this season is that we almost expected to win games at times because we know we have the quality to find that goal from somewhere.
“That happened naturally last season and the one before. But looking at it, it didn’t just happen because we were lucky, it happened because we were still working hard, we were doing the basics and the fundamentals until the last minute and that really worked in our favor.
“The fact that we were still doing those things meant that we would still create the right opportunities and we would not force passes, but we would still stay on our way and create something from which we could score.
“I think this season maybe we have forgotten some of those fundamentals and we were just hoping to do it because it became so natural for us.”
How many games have Liverpool lost this season?
Klopp saw his side suffer a first loss in a Merseyside derby at Anfield since 1999 in their last Premier League outing, with Everton returning to Stanley Park with a 2-0 victory.
The Reds have already lost seven of their 25 top flight games this season.
They have suffered four consecutive losses at home for the first time since 1923, while a four-game losing streak in the Premier League represents the club’s worst streak since 2002.
How did Alexander-Arnold do?
A highly rated product of Anfield’s academy system is among those to have suffered a notable wobble this season, with the 22-year-old, who has seen ball retention become his biggest concern, facing uncomfortable questions about first time in what has happened. It has been a meteoric rise to prominence.
He accepts those criticisms and adds: “This has been a bad form spell that I really had not had before. It has always been pretty good in the past so this is new.
“But I set goals and levels and I have expectations of myself. If I can’t find them, then I’m not happy and when I know them, then I am.
I have not been able to meet them this season, but there is still a long way to go and during the last games I have felt better, I have felt a little more rhythm, I have been able to create things for the team and feel that I have done it. been in recent seasons.
“But the individual side doesn’t matter as much to me as winning matches. You have 38 games in a season, so there are still many more to go.