Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed how Jurgen Klopp revved up his Liverpool squad to go out and get themselves back into Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
The Reds twice fell behind in the first half and trailed 2-1 at the break, but Sadio Mane tied things up less than a minute after the restart to earn Liverpool a draw and keep them one point behind Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League title race.
After the game, Alexander-Arnold admitted that Liverpool had been outplayed by City in the first half and praised Klopp for helping motivate them at the break.
“The first half, in general, wasn’t ourselves.” the right-back said. “We didn’t play the football we wanted to, and the time we did play the football, we scored our goals.
“That was one of the messages the manager said to us at half-time: Play our football. We came out with a point to prove and scored the early goal but couldn’t create too many chances.
“They had the better chances. There is no disappointment in not putting our opportunities away, and it is the lack of options we created. We know they had weaknesses, and when we did play well, we used the flaws they have got.
“People might say we were hanging on at the end, but that’s part of the game.”
While the result leaves Liverpool trailing in the title race, Alexander-Arnold stressed that the team will continue to push until the very last second of the season.
“We want to win every game we’re in, no matter the opposition we come up against.
“It says a lot about us that we’ve got that slight disappointment not coming here and winning.
“It was essential for us not to lose this game, we’re still in a decent position, but it is in their hands. A few years ago, this is what happened.
“They went on a perfect run, and we couldn’t capitalise on that. Hopefully, they will drop a few points for us this time around.”
He concluded: “There are seven games. Every week there is a surprising result in the Premier League. We’re just hoping we are not on the end of one, and City are. It is seven games. A lot can happen. Who knows what will happen? Hopefully, we will make it exciting. It might go down to the last day again.”
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