Liverpool have used the lost Champions League final in 2018 as fuel for their current success says Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Reds suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid, losing their third final of the ‘Klopp era’. A year later Liverpool managed to win the Champions League by beating Tottenham Hotspur in the final, while this season the Reds have claimed their first ever Premier League title and their first league title in 30 years.
Alexander-Arnold has reflected on how Liverpool’s journey to success has evolved. “For us, the turning point probably was Kiev,” the 21-year-old full-back told the Liverpool Echo. “That was when we turned from a naive team, to one that knew how exactly to win games. So I think in Kiev, that taught us how to win games. We all walked away from that going into next season learning the best lessons we could.”
“We all needed that loss, which is something that happens all the time. You need to make mistakes to learn what you need to improve on. It was the worst night of our lives but looking back, it was the best lesson we could have ever learned. And that is what has put us on this path we are on now. So over the last two years, winning so many games and trophies was all down to that one game and learning how to win.”
“Once you get that first taste of a trophy, it is different to chasing it. You are chasing the feeling of it and you never really know what that might feel like. It is about chasing the unknown. But when you have won it, you know what is coming. So comparing the night in Kiev, which was the worst night of our lives, to the best night of our lives in Madrid, that contrast is there.”
“It was always us wanting to feel like we did in Madrid so many more times. It was that feeling of winning, of pride and being a part of a successful team. Pushing ourselves to be the best we can be, the best players in the world, the best team in the world. We wanted to just take the club back to where we belong.”
“Since the Champions League, we have won three more trophies. So for me, I personally always had a feeling that once we won the first one, we would be able to win anything and everything and barring the two domestic cups, we have done that over the last two seasons. The mentality was there before the Champions League, but I think we really cemented ourselves as a world-class team who can win trophies after Kiev. We have shown how good we are.”