Trent Alexander-Arnold explains the “strange” feeling without Van Dijk, but warns the Liverpool rivals.


Thanks to an own goal by Nicolas Tagliafico in the first half, Jürgen Klopp’s team managed a hard-fought 1-0 victory in the Champions League in Amsterdam on Wednesday evening.

Trent Alexander-Arnold believes that Liverpool will regain momentum after their wins over Ajax and Sheffield United last week.

Liverpool have recorded two wins over AFC Ajax and Sheffield United last week.

The win propelled Liverpool to second place in the Premier League standings, and the Reds’ defender has warned that his side could get back into a rhythm reminiscent of last season’s title win.

On Saturday night, the Reds returned to the Premier League winners’ lane after coming from behind to beat Chris Wilder’s side in the match.

“I think the more games you play, the fitter you are, and I think if you run well and get results like we did in the last two games, then we want as many games as possible to keep that momentum going.

He said: “The games are coming thick and fast and it’s only going to get harder for us.

“I think the way the season ended last year and the pre-season schedule and so on, it’s obviously difficult to get in shape quickly, but I think the guys are slowly getting back on their feet and we’re getting back into the same pace we were last season.

The Reds confirmed last week that the Dutchman suffered ligament damage on the ACL ligament against Carlo Ancelotti’s team and is now facing a longer dry spell on the sidelines.

Last night’s game was the Reds’ first home game since Virgil van Dijk’s injury to Everton in the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park.

“He has a massive presence on and off the field, in the locker room, everywhere,” the Reds’ defender told when asked about Van Dijk’s absence.

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“His communication and leadership skills are tremendous for us back there, he’s probably the leader of the back four, and without him it’s obviously a bit strange, because this is probably the first time and the first spell we haven’t had him in since he came in.

“So it’s a little strange for us, but we want to adapt and adapt and I think in the two games we played without him – well, three if you count Everton – we showed how good we are defensively.

“Even though it’s disappointing not to have Virg, it’s also an opportunity for us to come together as a four-man team and show our leadership skills and show that hopefully we won’t miss Virg as much as everyone potentially thinks.

“Fab has risen and done an amazing job in there [and]Joey G has risen and is leading as well.


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