Alexander-Arnold: I've waited five years to strike one like that!

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Published 16th December 2021

Trent Alexander-Arnold was delighted to ‘catch one sweet’ as his sensational long-range strike wrapped up a 3-1 win for Liverpool against Newcastle United.

The No.66 dispatched an unstoppable drive into the top corner at the Kop end to confirm another three points for his side from Thursday night’s encounter at Anfield.

His effort completed a comeback started by Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah in the first half following a seventh-minute Jonjo Shelvey opener for the Magpies.

Highlights: Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle

Post-match, Alexander-Arnold reflected on his outstanding goal and the overall game with BT Sport. Read a summary of his interview below…

On Liverpool having to work hard for the win…

Yeah, I think we limited them to little chances. We kind of knew the game would flow like that: we’d dominate possession and they’d come and make it hard for us with counter-attacks and set-pieces and things like that. It was always going to be a difficult one for us and obviously them scoring an early goal made it harder. Disappointed with [not getting] the clean sheet but three points at this time of the season is vitally important.

Jota, Salah and Alexander-Arnold help Reds see off Newcastle at Anfield
16th December 2021

Match reportJota, Salah and Alexander-Arnold help Reds see off Newcastle at AnfieldLiverpool came from behind to beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield and extend their winning run to eight consecutive matches.

On his stunning goal to confirm the victory…

I’ve been waiting for that for five years now, waiting to hit it clean like that. I’ve had a few from the edge of the box and I’ve dragged them and things like that. I’ve caught that one sweet and it’s nestled in the top corner. It was a clean strike and obviously kind of put the game to bed.

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On the Reds’ opening goal, scored with two Newcastle players down inside the area…

When the game is flowing like that in and around their box, you’re not really looking at who is on the ground and who is up. You’re kind of looking for your teammates, trying to score – your eyes are not focused on the ground. If it’s head injuries it’s down to the ref to stop it at the end of the day. He hasn’t done that, we have played to the whistle and we went and scored. That’s all you can really do; we haven’t cheated the game, we haven’t done anything unsportsmanlike, we’ve played to the whistle and went and scored from it.

On Salah scoring his 22nd goal of the season…

It’s mad. He is the best player in the world right now, it goes without saying. He’s scoring or creating or doing everything game in, game out. He’s having an incredible season. I think that’s on his mind, he wants to break every record in the book, he wants to go and put his name in the history books. He’s doing that, he’s done that from the first season he came in. He hasn’t taken his foot off the pedal, he’ll be looking to break every record he can again.

On the race at the top and Chelsea drawing tonight…

Obviously you don’t want the teams around you to be doing well, but the focus is on us. This time of the season it’s about making sure we’re consistent, making sure we’re winning every game we can because the games come so thick and fast that any minor slip can prove costly come April and May. It’s about making sure we pick up as many points as we can; we’ve done that so far but we need to keep going.

On the suspected positive COVID-19 tests in the squad…

Hopefully [it goes well]. We’ll focus on our football. Until we’re told otherwise we’ll be in there every day – recovery again tomorrow and making sure we’re fit for Sunday. We’ve got a big game going down to Tottenham. It’ll be an interesting one. All we can do is focus on that and prepare for the game.

Published 16th December 2021