Trent Alexander-Arnold has sought to explain why Liverpool was defeated by Bournemouth on Saturday
After thrashing rivals Manchester United 7-0 the week before, the Reds were brought back down to earth with a 1-0 loss to the Cherries, who moved off the bottom of the Premier League table with three hard-earned points.
Liverpool were defeated on the south coast after falling behind to a first-half strike from Philip Billing, with numerous defenders practically giving up trying to prevent the goal, while Mohamed Salah blasted a second-half penalty wide.
Alexander-Arnold attempted to make sense of the result and performance in a post-match interview with Liverpool’s club channels.
When asked when things began to go wrong for the tourists, he replied: “To be honest, I believe it was fairly early on.
“We had chances to score, but we never did, and the goal was certainly disallowed. But we got off to a good start, and I believe they really drained the energy out of the game, making it impossible for us to get momentum. They slowed the game down, followed their game plan, and eventually scored the goal.
“But it’s one of those – the goal was really avoidable, and it’s terrible looking back.”
Alexander-Arnold expressed his wish for Liverpool to recover in their midweek Champions League trip to Real Madrid, with the Reds looking to overcome a three-goal deficit in their last 16 clash.
“I think there’s only one more game before the internationals, and it’s a huge one for us, one that we need to go and do something special, so all our focus is solely on that Real Madrid game now, and it means that we can put everything into that game knowing that we’ve got days afterwards to recover,” he added.
“So it’s about throwing everything at it and going all in, and I believe that’s what we’ll do – it’s critical to do so. Then we’ll prepare for a critical encounter.”