Fulham vs Liverpool: How happy is Jurgen Klopp with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s return?

There were plenty of positives for the Reds to take from this game. One of the most notable ones was the recent return of Alexander-Arnold from injury.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Trent Alexander-Arnold in a file photo; Credit: Liverpool Twitter page
By Karthik Raman | Apr 23, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Liverpool ended their two-game winless run in the Premier League after beating Fulham 3-1 away from home. The Reds have endured a difficult period of late after losing points in crucial encounters while also suffering a European elimination. In their last two league games, Jurgen Klopp’s side failed to win after settling for a point against Manchester United and losing at home to Crystal Palace. Those results have proved damaging in their quest for league supremacy.

On top of it, Liverpool suffered a shock Europa League exit after being knocked out by Italian outfit Atalanta. The Reds did win the second leg 1-0 last Thursday in Italy, however, it was not enough for them to qualify for the semi-finals as they exited the competition 3-1 on aggregate. Hence, the Premier League is the only competition left for Liverpool this season. With Jurgen Klopp announcing that he will depart the Anfield outfit in the summer, their supporters would desperately want him to leave on a high.

Liverpool gave the perfect response away to Fulham by securing an important win. It all started with Trent Alexander-Arnold opening the score with a great free-kick, however, Timothy Castagne levelled it for the home side just before the break. The visitors started the second half on front foot and scored twice through Ryan Gravenberch and Diogo Jota to secure the win. There were plenty of positives for the Reds to take from this game. One of the most notable ones was the recent return of Alexander-Arnold from injury.

Jurgen Klopp on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s return

Explaining the importance of the full-back’s return, Klopp, quoted on the club’s website, said in his post-match press conference, “It’s super-important. Super-important. But, for example, one of the shooting stars of this season is Conor Bradley, who played the position and he played in a few games football where we all thought, ‘Oh, wow… what was that?!’ But nobody is like Trent. Nobody is like Trent. The way we play with him can be different, so yes, it is super-helpful and I am really happy about that.”

The manager added: “How I said, the squad situation in the moment – and hopefully it stays like that – is as good as it has been in this season because if you saw our bench today, that was real quality and experience and stuff like this. I love all the kids who’ve played for us – and Jarell [Quansah] did today again an incredible job – and we wouldn’t be where we are without them, but it’s cool to have for once all the big guns as well around. Now we have to stay greedy, staying really on it. Let’s see what we can do.”

Shifting the focus to the match, Klopp spoke highly of their second-half performance against Fulham. “I liked big parts of the first half already but you are right, the second half was a complete performance, if you want. The start in the game was good. For us, you cannot really explain that, but for us Fulham is a tough place to go. I can’t even remember if we won here before, to be honest, we always struggle here a little bit. If we won, I’m pretty sure it was rather lucky than convincing, maybe I see that wrong. From my point of view, that was the best performance we had so far against Fulham away,” he stated.

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