Klopp calls for chatter over Liverpool ace to cease; Salah offers advice

Date published: Saturday 10th April 2021 5:33 - Steve Pearson


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insisted the recent criticism of Trent Alexander-Arnold should now stop, while Mohamed Salah offered the Reds’ matchwinner a piece of advice.

Liverpool registered their first league win at Anfield in dramatic late fashion. The Reds showed glimpses of getting back to their best, but were frequently let down by poor finishing.

Aston Villa took the lead through a goalkeeping error before Salah restored parity to the scores.

With time quickly running out, Alexander-Arnold stepped up to the plate and produced a moment of brilliance to breathe new life into their top four hopes.

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Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Klopp said: “We dominated the game but we made one mistake and concede a goal. Then we score the equaliser but it’s ruled out for offside.

“At half-time it wasn’t the best mood, you can imagine but the words were OK. I didn’t have to lift them too much, they knew if we continue to play like we did we would create chances again. We dealt with their game really good. It was massive, it felt massive to win. A real relief.

“We were there, we defended well, we were constantly in the creating mood without having 20 clear-cut chances. We needed that win today, these three points feel big.

“We can stop that chat about Trent, everyone agrees that he is an outstanding player. It’s Gareth Southgate’s decision what he does for the squad but we don’t have to talk about it every week. We don’t have to justify the players’ status every week.

“We have to put the other teams under pressure. Everyone knows that when we get on a run we are dangerous.”


Salah offers advice to Alexander-Arnold


Liverpool goalscorer Salah also spoke to the press, telling Sky Sports: “Finally! It was a great game, tough game but we won the game and that was the most important thing.

“We have lost a couple of games here and mentally it was like ‘oh no, not again’ but we did a good job second-half.

“It’s hard not to win at Anfield for a couple of games, we also missed a couple of chances in the first half and we were thinking ‘not again’ but the second half we managed to play good.

“It’s really important to win. I think there are only seven games left? So it’s really important. We want to play Champions League next year but we just need to focus on each game and try and win them all and hopefully, we can be in that fourth place.”

On Trent Alexander-Arnold, Salah added: “I think he just needs to push himself. He’s been training well and he’s played really well the last couple of games.

“He just needs to try and keep focused – don’t listen to anyone, just try as hard as you can and it will come.”


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