Trent Alexander-Arnold explains his meteoric rise at Liverpool

Dean Simpson
March 2, 2018

Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane also netted in another Liverpool goal rush that moved them 15 points behind Pep Guardiola's City.

Instead, apart from a couple of shots from Arnautovic, one of which hit the crossbar, West Ham lacked urgency going forward and never looked likely to cause the home side too many problems. Substitute Michail Antonio pulled a goal back for the Hammers just a minute after coming on, but Mane ensured all of Liverpool's prolific front three were on target when he converted Andrew Robertson's cross 13 minutes from time.

Since arriving in England, from Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2014, he has gone on to make 162 appearances for the Reds and has been utilised in a multitude of roles, even at right-back under former boss Brendan Rodgers.

"You don't really see that from an all-round No.9".

"Sometimes it's only intense and both teams need to deal with intensity and fight, so we really could prepare and I'm happy that I saw a lot of things we did on the training ground in the last 10 days". It shows his hunger to win.

"There's not much more you want from a no.9 but that's not just all he offers".

Zabaleta also admitted that visiting Anfield has always been tough, not only for him and his side, but others as well who have also conceded more than two or three goals, mostly owing to the attacking trio of Mane, Firmino and Salah. They don't give a point of reference, they are so mobile.

"We have a goal to speak about and, as a team, we are going to do our best".

However, there is a shock selection in goal with Jack Butland rated the most impressive keeper in the top flight despite scoring an own-goal against Leicester.

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"Now we need to stay angry with the rest of the world".

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