At Arsenal, Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is trusted, wore the captain’s armband when Virgil van Dijk was not there. He demonstrated this by giving Conor Bradley guidance.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, captained the team for the third-round match at the Emirates, as Van Dijk had left London on the eve of the match due to sickness.
Having been named vice-captain when Jordan Henderson and James Milner left the team over the summer, it was not his first time donning the armband.
However, Bradley explained in his post-match interview that the right-back led by example and guided his younger teammates through the game. It was a captain’s performance from the player.
With 75 minutes remaining and the score at 0-0, Bradley replaced Harvey Elliott, allowing Alexander-Arnold to go into midfield and be paired with Gabriel Martinelli.
As said to LFCTV, the 20-year-old “just tried to force him inside.”
Trent advised me to just push him inside and he would be there to cover me as soon as I got on.
“I tried to push him inside whenever he tried to take me on, and I think I did okay against him, so I’m happy.”
Despite being one of the younger players in the team, Alexander-Arnold himself only turned 25 in October. However, he is only two appearances away from reaching 300 for Liverpool.
This puts him in a great position to take the lead, especially against a right-back such as Bradley, who watched in disbelief as his delivery forced Jakub Kiwior’s own goal for a 1-0 victory.
His ability to nail it is simply amazing. We know there’s a strong chance to score on every corner and free-kick we receive,” Bradley remarked.
“We’re just happy that we scored the first goal and then the second to win the match.”
Bobby Clark and Bradley were both essential to Liverpool’s progress to the fourth round; the young midfield player went to the interview with his academy teammate.
Before entering the game, Clark, who won praise for a late tactical foul on Declan Rice that kept Arsenal from winning, disclosed that he had a conversation with Jurgen Klopp.
The 18-year-old stated, “He was just telling me to do my defensive jobs well and be myself on the ball, express myself.”
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In response, Clark said, “It’s a great feeling.”
I’ve been playing with Conor in the academy for a while now, so it feels fantastic to be back with him. Naturally, a few [shivers]!