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Alexander-Arnold eyes perfect Champions League opportunity amid Reds struggles

Trent Alexander-Arnold believes the Champions League offers a perfect chance for struggling Liverpool to put right their disastrous run of results.

And the England star is confident a “change of mentality in Europe’s premier competition, can bring a change of fortune for the champions.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, almost unthinkably, have won just three of their last 13 matches in all competitions, and they go into the last 16 showdown with RB Leipzig, knowing it is now their only chance of honours this season.

But an upbeat Alexander-Arnold insisted there is nothing too badly wrong with the Reds, that can’t be fixed in the European game.

“It’s a different competition, which always freshens it up, (and a )different mentality going into it,” he told the club’s website.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is eyeing a change of fortunes this week

“In situations like this you want the opportunity to put it right as soon as possible. And it’s going to be a different task for us, a Champions League night.

“It’s exciting to have the prospect of a knockout game of football again. You wait so long for the knockout rounds of the Champions League – it fills you with that excitement, so it’ll be good.

“We need to recover and go again because we’ve got a big game come Tuesday.”

Defeat at Leicester at the weekend surely destroyed any faint hope Liverpool had of staying in the title race, and now the focus turns firmly towards Europe.

The Reds have been to the final twice in three seasons, and even without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, breezed through the group stages of this year’s competition.

Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig are next up for the Reds

And Alexander-Arnold explained that there is still belief in the squad.

“Everyone talks about a bad spell and a dip in form and stuff, but I feel personally we’ve performed well in the last few weeks, in the last two months or six weeks or so,” he said.

“I thought we’ve performed well, it’s just that we haven’t been getting the results [and] it’s a results business so there’s no excuses for that.

“But I think confidence-wise, we’re not playing badly, we’re not getting battered. We’ve been playing well but not getting the results so it’s about turning those performances into results – that’s what we need to look at most.”

James Milner will miss the first leg against Leipzig, to be played in Budapest, after Klopp confirmed the midfielder has a hamstring problem, and he will wait to see if Fabinho will be fit.




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