Reaction'Enjoying our football' - Trent on resuming Salah connection

Published 16th July 2022

Trent Alexander-Arnold enjoyed resuming his connection with Mohamed Salah to help Liverpool to a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in pre-season on Friday.

The pair were introduced at the outset of the second half in Singapore and had combined to score the Reds’ second goal in a matter of moments, Salah firing in from the edge of the box after Alexander-Arnold’s tee-up.

That effort followed a 12th-minute opener by Jordan Henderson, who used Harvey Elliott’s assist to sweep a clinical finish into the far corner from the right channel.

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“Hendo has got that one in the locker, to be honest, he has done it a lot,” Alexander-Arnold told Liverpoolfc.com post-match.

“It’s trademark Hendo these days. Great finish. It was good play after a set-piece; working it back into the box is something we work on.”

And the No.66 was pleased to have registered his first assist of 2022-23 as he and Salah sparked up their potent relationship along the Reds’ right flank.

“Then obviously the second one, me and Mo linking up on the right side. Just kind of enjoying our football again and getting our connection back [after] a bit of time apart,” said Alexander-Arnold.

“It was good to link up with the boys again, good to get an assist and good to get the win, which is the most important thing.”

'Top-class' - Jürgen Klopp's verdict on Liverpool 2-0 Palace
15th July 2022

Reaction'Top-class' - Jürgen Klopp's verdict on Liverpool 2-0 PalaceJürgen Klopp praised a 'top-class' showing from his team in beating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Singapore National Stadium on Friday.

In addition to the result and what Jürgen Klopp described as a ‘top-class’ performance, the manager was able to give minutes to 32 players over the course of the meeting with the Eagles at Singapore National Stadium.

Alexander-Arnold explained why Liverpool had got everything out of the game that they and the manager had wished for.

“Lots [of positives] again and a lot of changes, everyone getting minutes. But our intensity was there, everyone had a job to do,” he said.

“That was the big message from the manager before the game; obviously some people were playing 45, 30 or 15 but when you’re on the pitch give it your all, we’ve got players to make changes. That’s what we did.

“And I think everyone who was out there put in a shift. That’s what pre-season is about, getting it back into the legs, feeling that intensity and making sure we’re getting our work done as well.”

The match in Singapore was the conclusion of the Reds’ pre-season tour of Asia, which had started with a trip to Bangkok last weekend.

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Both of their friendlies this week were attended by more than 50,000 local fans, and Alexander-Arnold paid tribute to the support given to the team.

He added: “Over the last two years, playing a lot behind closed doors, any amount of fans means the world to us. But for us to have a nearly full stadium – the majority being our fans as well – the support was incredible.

“It has been the whole trip. Just a massive thanks to everyone who has come out, all the support, people watching at home. We understand that we play at difficult times for the people in Asia, so it’s good for us to come out here, see them, connect with them and let them know we’re always thinking about them.

“So, a big thank you to them and everyone who supports us around the world.”

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Published 16th July 2022