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Trent Alexander-Arnold makes 'tough' Liverpool admission as aim in Arne Slot debut season identified

Trent Alexander-Arnold on the grid prior to the the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco.
-Credit: (Image: Photo by Mark Sutton/Sutton Images)


Liverpool vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold has insisted that the final season under Jürgen Klopp was a successful one despite the Reds falling behind Manchester City and Arsenal in the Premier League title race.

Having qualified for the Champions League and won the Carabao Cup, Liverpool ended the campaign in third. The only thing that changed the perception was that Klopp was leaving with the dream ending for the German ultimately dashed by a disappointing few weeks including dropped points against Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

"It was a good season, built on last season, got better as a team, challenged for the title, took it far and we improved," Alexander-Arnold has told Liverpool's official website. "Any time you improve means that it’s a good season. Take the positives and move forward and hopefully (do it) again next season."

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Alexander-Arnold has only ever been managed by Klopp during his senior career meaning the 25-year-old will have a new experience this summer when Arne Slot arrives. And in the new campaign, he will hope to avoid the frustrating injuries that hampered his progression over the last 12 months or so.

"Of course it’s never nice to be injured," Alexander-Arnold admitted. "You want to play as many games as you can and help the team, but sometimes these things happen. It was a tough time, it was one that taught me to be patient and a time that was difficult. It just makes you stronger, appreciate the times when you’re fit and able to play games."

Liverpool.com says: One of the key decisions that will define what the Slot era at Anfield looks like is where the Dutch coach intends to field Alexander-Arnold. Will he be a right-back, a midfielder, a mixture of the two, or a combination of the two at once, as he essentially is at the moment? Slot will have his own ideas on how to tweak the Liverpool system.

Alexander-Arnold, alongside Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk, is also out of contract next summer as things stand. It will be vital to get him tied down so there is no unnecessary speculation about his long-term future. Hopefully, he can pen a new deal this summer and then have a full season without injury, with the clear team aim being to take another step in the right direction.