Arnold’s statements and his joy at the fans’ return to Anfield

Arnold’s statements and his joy at the fans’ return to Anfield

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has admitted it would be strange to walk out of the crowded Anfield stadium for the first time in almost 18 months.

But the right-back revealed that the full return of the fans was a huge motivation for him and Jurgen Klopp’s team during the summer.

The Reds play their opening home game in the Premier League this season on Saturday against Burnley after kicking off the season with a resounding 3-0 win over Norwich City.

This will be the first game with a large crowd at Anfield since the Champions League defeat to Atlético Madrid on March 11, 2020.

Although more than 40,000 people attended the last two friendlies against Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna.

Alexander Arnold thinks:

The absence of the masses was a reminder of the importance of their strong support.

He said of Burnley’s visit:

“I think it’s going to be completely different, it’s going to be a little weird and hard to think about when the last game was with Anfield full and how it felt.”

Arnold added:

“I feel like we take that for granted so now when they’re all back it’s going to be a great feeling for all of us.”

“He is also one of them as we still have work to do and we need the fans to help us.”

“And that’s something we’ve been looking forward to a lot and that’s the thing that kept us going throughout the training camp.”

Arnold continued:

“We knew that once we got back we would be able to get the fans there and we would have a real purpose on the pitch to fight for everything again.”

Arnold continued:

“I enjoyed seeing my team-mates do well in the summer but obviously I felt I should have been there.”

“But I also tried to stay positive because I knew I had a chance to get in good shape and get some time left to come back again next season.”

Arnold noted:

“I tried to make sure I was in the best condition possible and got into the group as quickly as possible. We didn’t rush it and I think the medical staff did a really good job.”

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