Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed that he and his Liverpool teammates were supremely confident ahead of the Champions League final in 2019, and were of the belief that they will get their hands on the trophy if they did their job.
There were plenty of parallels between the journey Liverpool and Spurs were on leading up to the final with both sides producing miraculous comebacks in the semifinals to get to Madrid.
In addition, despite winning a lot of plaudits, neither Mauricio Pochettino nor Jurgen Klopp had won a trophy at their respective clubs leading up to the final.
The fortunes of both clubs and coaches have been widely different since the day of the final, with Klopp going on to build a dynasty at Anfield while Pochettino was sacked just a few months later.
Alexander-Arnold has now revealed that the Reds fully believed heading into the final that they were the much better team.
The right-back told LadBible about the final in 2019: “It just felt right, if I’m honest.
“Like, 100 per cent we knew, we knew they were never going to beat us. There was no way. There was not really any doubt among us.
“It wasn’t like we were screaming from the rooftops saying ‘we’ve won’. It was if we do our jobs proper, if we all do our jobs, there’s no way they’ll beat us. We knew we were the much better team.
“Like I said, we knew if we played well, we’d win. The only way we won’t win is if we played bad and they played outstanding. So it’s just about making sure that we played well.”
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It hurts to even think about the final as the result could have been a lot different had we not conceded an early penalty.
I thought our performance on the night was not too bad at all, with Liverpool content to sit back in their lead and Alison making plenty of decent saves.
If it was us rather than Liverpool that had taken home that trophy, the fortunes of the two clubs might have been a lot different over the past four years.
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