Trent reflects on 'massive' Bayern win: 'That’s what we did, we punished them'
- Alexander-Arnold claims a clean sheet in the first leg against Bayern made life more difficult for the German side.
- The right-back heaps praise on Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk for goals against the Bavarians.
- Van Dijk's goal takes the pressure off Liverpool forwards.
"[The Bayern win] was massive for us," the right-back told Liverpoolfc.com. "To obviously get the clean sheet at Anfield was big for us and we knew that coming here and getting a few goals would make it very difficult for them to go through, so the main aim for us was to come here and put a few [chances] away.
"We spoke about the game, coming here and being brave and not folding under the pressure. I think it’s probably what they are used to. But, like I said, the main thing was for us to come here, put pressure on them and try to hit them on the counter – and that’s what we did, we punished them."
The 20-year-old went on with praise for his teammates Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk who found their names on the scoresheet. Mane utilised assists from the Dutchman and Mohamed Salah to open the score and head the winner into the back of the net.
"He’s a world-class player and he showed that again," added Alexander-Arnold. "It was a special first goal and great movement for the second goal, I think credit goes to Mo for picking him out. But especially the first one, he did fantastically to get the finish away."
As for van Dijk’s header in the 69th minute, it was arguably the turning point in the game. The centre-back scored his first ever goal in the Champions League after the corner kick perfectly taken by James Milner. According to Trent, the header was important not only in terms of the score but also as a sign that the Reds are dangerous even when their forwards are not firing on all cylinders.
"It’s important that the strikers don’t just feel that they are under pressure to get the goals for us and it’s important that other positions can do that as well," Trent said. "So, for us, it’s all about contribution and the more goals we score the better chances we have of winning games. That’s the way we are looking at it now."