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Liverpool FC’s Alexander-Arnold - The win over Newcastle, vitally important.

Updated: Dec 19, 2021

Trent Alexander-Arnold says he has been waiting five years for the cracking goal he scored against Newcastle.

Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle

Trent Alexander-Arnold all smiles after stunning volley against Newcastle [BBC MOTD Screen Shot]
Trent Alexander-Arnold all smiles after stunning volley against Newcastle [BBC MOTD Screen Shot]

The Reds were without Virgil van Dijk and came from behind to beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield.

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold expressed his joy after his stunning goal helped the Reds secured a 3-1 win over Newcastle United at Anfield.

The England international admitted that he has been waiting five years for the stunning volley he scored against Eddie Howe’s side on Merseyside.

Jurgen Klopp’s boys registered their sixth Premier League win on the trot on Thursday to stay in touch with leaders Manchester City, who beat Leeds 7-0 at the Etihad. Jonjo Shelvey broke the deadlock for Newcastle as he fired in from long range, but the hosts levelled the score via Diogo Jota. Mohamed Salah made it 2-1 within four minutes later and it looked like the Magpies were heading for a heavy defeat, but that wasn't the case as Liverpool had to work hard to hold on to the lead before right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold's volley ensured they sealed all three points.

'I've been waiting for that for five years'

After the game, Alexander-Arnold told BT Sport: "We limited them to little chances. We knew we'd dominate possession and they'd make it hard for us. It was always going to be a difficult one. The early goal made it harder. "Three points at this time of the season is vitally important. "I've been waiting for that [type of goal] for five years. I've had a few ones from the edge of box and dragged them. I've caught that one sweet and it nestled in the top corner, a sweet strike and put the game to bed."

On Mohamed Salah, who scored his 22nd goal of the season, he said: "It's mad. He's the best player in the world, it goes without saying. He's doing everything game in, game out. He wants to break every record in the book. He wants to put his name in the history books." Asked about what he thought of Chelsea dropping points, the 23-year-old replied: "You don't want the teams around you doing well but the focus is on us. It's about making sure we're consistent and winning every game we can. "The games come thick and fast so any minor slip can prove costly come April or May. "Until we're told otherwise we'll be in there every day [training] and making sure we're fit for Sunday, a big game against Tottenham."

Liverpool manager Klopp confirmed that they used Bournemouth games for analysis as per Eddie Howe being the Cherries boss for two spells.

The German said: "We used in preparations more Bournemouth than Newcastle for analysis. We won 2-1 last time Eddie Howe was here with Bournemouth after they scored another goal. We expected similar things. They made life hard for us.

"Being 1-0 down changed the mood a bit. We were rushing in moments. We scored really good goals. I'm really pleased in this period of the year when you just have to get through games.

"I said it was the best long ball he [Trent Alexander-Arnold] played today. It was a stunner, unbelievable. His shooting technique is a different level.

"In games like this, the main thing is staying positive and offensive-minded. Take a chance."

On Salah having a hand in goals for 15 consecutive league games, Klopp replied: "That's quite amazing that. His assists are as important [as the goals]. Today was right to take him off a bit earlier. We play in three days again."

Liverpool are flying, scoring in each of their last 32 games in all competitions, making it their longest ever run in the Merseyside club’s history.

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