Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed Jurgen Klopp’s half-time team talk after Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah scored twice in the second half as Liverpool maintained their 100% start to the new season, the Egyptian’s brace adding to Joel Matip’s opener before Lucas Torreira’s late consolation.
Alexander-Arnold has now revealed what manager Klopp said to his side at half-time, the German encouraging the Reds to disorganise the Arsenal backline by dragging the visitor’s centre-backs out of position.
“The gaffer showed us a bit of [footage] at half-time and we could stretch them, with Mo, Bobby [Firmino] and Sadio [Mane], and get it into feet.
“They probably set up knowing that we were going to cross it, they were ready. [Against] other teams we try to create the yard and cross it from in front.
”The gaffer said to us at half-time, if we get a runner down we can get the ball down the outside. [For Salah’s first], [Jordan] Hendo takes the ball out the way and I’m able to play it into Bobby and we got the pen.
“That was the idea, to drag a centre-half out and not allow them to stay in and head the ball away.”