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Liverpool's Alexander Arnold: “It was about getting it on target.”

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

A lovely free-kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold just seven minutes on the clock got Liverpool fired up against Rangers in the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool returned to winning ways in the Champions League on Tuesday night after dropping points in the Premier League against Brighton over the weekend.

The Reds thrashed the Rangers 2-0 in what was a confidence-building clash in the Champions League at Anfield.

Trent Alexander-Arnold broke the deadlock just after seven minutes as his 25-yard lovely free-kick found the top corner of the net.

And seven minutes into the second half, Mohamed Salah found the net from the penalty spot after Leon King fouled winger Luis Diaz in the 18-yard box.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds could have scored more goals but veteran goalkeeper Allan McGregor made crucial saves, preventing the Scottish club from more humiliation.

'I always try to think positively' - Alexander-Arnold

Alexander-Arnold spoke to BT Sport after the match, saying: "The performance was great from the lads. On Saturday it was disappointing. We never got going, our press wasn't there, we were slow out the blocks. But it's the complete opposite today.

“We started well and continued throughout the game. They had their spells and the second half was tough but overall we played outstanding.

"I don't normally score from that side. I usually score from the other side of the pitch. It was just about getting it on target, that's what I've been focusing on when I practice. If you hit the target, there's always a chance it goes in or you get a rebound.

"No matter what, I always try to think positively. People say things but for me it's all about performing for the team. That's all that matters, getting wins and helping the team. It's been a slow start to the season for me but I'm looking forward to the rest of the season.

"We went back to a basic 4-4-2 and played it really well, shifted across the pitch well. We made it compact, they couldn't play through us, they were playing long balls and we picked them off.

"This year is going to be very intense. It's what we're used to, three games a week. There's no excuses. With the games coming thick and fast, its exciting for us."

Lallana - 'Total domination from Liverpool.'

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana shared his thoughts after the match on BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It was extremely comfortable for Liverpool, and I was a bit disappointed with how Rangers approached the game, especially after their good result at the weekend," he said.

"I thought they'd play with a bit more aggression and on the front foot, but it was total domination from Liverpool.

"Rangers were passive in the way they set up. It was a flat back-five, Tavernier never got forward. But it's a tough place to go to. It can be intimidating, but maybe it was a perfect game for Liverpool tonight after a few that didn't go their way.

"It would have been five or six for Liverpool had it not been for McGregor, I thought he was incredible tonight."

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