Trent Alexander-Arnold says being left out of Liverpool’s starting line-up shows he needs to keep getting better.
The 20-year-old has not been included in the first XI for the last two matches and said: “The aim is to be a regular and one of the first names on the team-sheet… if it’s not happening, there’s obviously room for improvement.
“It will take time and a lot of hard work, so it’s just a case of being patient. It’s a world class club and there is competition for places.
“It’s wrong if you go into a game and think you’re starting week in and week out. It’s only right that there’s rotation. Keeping people on their toes is the best way to get the best out of people.”
Not that Alexander-Arnold has much to beat himself up about.
In a stellar year, he has announced himself at the highest level by playing in the Champions League Final and at the World Cup.
But the England right-back believes games like Wednesday’s Champions League tie at Anfield against tough opponents Red Star Belgrade are the perfect opportunity to learn.
“That’s why you want to play in this competition — to pit yourself against the best players in the world and really test yourself,” he said.
“I have always wanted to play against those types of players such as Ronaldo and Neymar.
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“Obviously, we got beaten by Real Madrid (in last season’s final) but we took things away from that and used it as motivation for this season.
“I think many people, not even myself would’ve imagined it going the way it has. It’s down to the opportunities and the chances I’ve been given.
"It’s something I’m really grateful for, and there will be more – which is something I’m obviously excited for.”
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