Trent Alexander-Arnold described Liverpool’s win over Chelsea as ‘massive’ as they continued their 100 per cent start to the season.
The early league leaders enjoyed a wonderful season last time out, amassing a record 97 points in one of the most epic title races in history, though they had struggled away from home against the Premier League‘s ‘big six’, winning just one of their last 12 going into Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge.
However, they would break that unwanted record with a 2-1 win over Chelsea in what was a hugely entertaining game, and young full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold hailed the win as ‘massive’.
“Massive for us,” the England international told Sky Sports.
“We have come here in good form, tried to execute the game plan and bounced back from a set back in midweek and shown we are a good side.”
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The 20-year-old opened the scoring with an absolute thunderbolt of a strike in the first half, Mo Salah rolling the ball to the youngster from a close-range free-kick, before smashing the ball past the helpless Kepa.
“Hendo wanted the free-kick at first and then thought it was too close for him. I thought it was too close to go over the wall, I had to go keeper’s side, a good roll and tried to hit it as hard as I can.”
Chelsea thought they had equalised through Cesar Azpilicueta, though VAR ruled it out due to an offside in the buildup, with Liverpool quickly doubling their advantage through a Bobby Firmino header.
Alexander-Arnold echoed the thoughts of Frank Lampard in saying that the decision to rule the goal out deflated Chelsea.
“It is a mental set back for the other team,” he said. “You think you have scored, celebrate, get back in position and all of a sudden the goal has bee cancelled.
“You can’t expect to come here and have it your own way. They are a proud side and were going to come out fighting. The last 25-30 mins was really tough.”