Liverpool's Alexander-Arnold aims to get quadruple


Trent Alexander-Arnold has called on Liverpool to crown a "very special season" with a place in the history books as Jürgen Klopp's quadruple chasers try to protect a third Champions League final appearance in 5 projects.

Liverpool visit Villarreal in the semi-finals on Tuesday leading 2-0 from the first leg with a 100% win record on the road in the competition this season. Alexander-Arnold stated in February that one trophy per season should be the minimum expectation for a squad of Liverpool's quality. But with the team near to an unmatched quadruple in the final month of the campaign, the 23-year-old right-back has actually revised his target.

" I did say one trophy a season minimum which is in a season that isn't our best, however we remain in fine form and have actually been able to win in different methods," Alexander-Arnold said. "When you are staring down the barrel and looking at more trophies, where if we win every game we are looking at more silverware, that is what we are taking a look at. These kinds of games are interesting for us.

" This time in 2015 we were attempting to fight back into the top 4 and secure the Champions League. Now we are second in the league-- a point off [Manchester] City-- and in the FA Cup final. Who can complain? This is a very unique season for us all and ideally we will persevere and at the end we will remain in the history books once again."

Alexander-Arnold stated Liverpool needs to treat every game as a final and, regardless of the pressure on each fixture, he thinks the specifying stage of a season brings the very best out of Klopp's players.

" I seem like we flourish off it," he stated. "This is always the very best time of the season. Every game is a final, pushing on all 3 fronts. These are the amazing games: you wish to be playing in these, you desire everything on the line, you desire every game to feel like you have to win it. It is interesting, the buzz you receive from scoring a goal and knowing how crucial it is."

Alexander-Arnold cited Naby Keïta's goal on Saturday and Jordan Henderson's deflected cross against Villarreal as substantial moments for the club this season. "Those goals provide you a different feeling that this is big, this is huge. Same with the 3 points. These are the very best times we are going to have as a team."

Liverpool controlled Villarreal last week and limited Unai Emery's side to one shot, none on target. One attempt is the joint-fewest in a Champions League semi-final since the data began being recorded in 2003-04. Emery vowed Liverpool would see a different side to Villarreal in the second leg and Klopp, whose team have actually lagged for 69 minutes in 2022, accepts the visitors will need to suffer sometimes.

Klopp said: "Obviously with the situation we are in we need to have done something right however the issue in our task is whatever is ideal and then the next game starts on the wrong foot and after that suddenly the game gets a different dynamic. It is good to understand [the 69 minutes fact] and it is more a sensation within, not that we are flying constantly and high-fiving here and there, but we understand we remain in a good moment.

"But, on the other side, what would you do if you had lost 2-0 away, are possibly not delighted with your performance understanding you can do much better, and with the crowd behind you? My only concern is what we do tomorrow night and we have to be ready to suffer but without going down. That can happen in football matches: they have the very first shot on target, the crowd increases, with each challenge the crowd goes up once again.

"A fine example was Newcastle. The crowd was clearly extremely passionate but we did not let it happen, which was the biggest quality of this game. It was not a show of football sparkle or whatever-- we had our moments and naturally could have scored more goals-- but it was unbelievable how clearcut our performance was and that's what we need to be once again. Yes psychological, yes all set to play the very best game ever, but understanding it will not happen in all moments.

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