Tuesday 21 January 2020

Trent ready to go Dutch in Nations


WINNER: England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold. Pic: PA
WINNER: England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold. Pic: PA

Liverpool full back Trent Alexander-Arnold, still on a high from becoming a Champions League winner, is hoping for more celebrations as he prepares for tonight's Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.

After the 2-0 triumph over Spurs in Madrid and then enjoying Liverpool's open-top bus celebration, the defender met up with his England team-mates at St George's Park on Tuesday before flying out to Portugal and he says he was given a great welcome in the camp.

"The reception has been unbelievable. They're really happy for us and positive. For the Tottenham lads it must be tough for them, but they've come and congratulated us and were one of the first to do it," he said.

"We're a team now, a few days ago we weren't. But now we are, so we need to recognise that. And if we pull together for the same aim then we've got a great chance of reaching where we want."

Liverpool born and bred and a product of the club's youth system, the win was particularly special for Alexander-Arnold.

"To have a major trophy under the belt now is massive and hopefully we'll be able to push on for club and country and get some more," he said.

Two Liverpool team-mates could be lining up against Alexander-Arnold for a Netherlands side which is once again looking strong after failing to qualify for last year's World Cup.

Defender Virgil van Dijk, who was man of the match in Madrid, and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum are both in Ronald Koeman's squad.

"Even if I didn't know them both personally, you'd still know that the Netherlands are coming back to where they once were.

"They play some really good football, they've got a really good squad, really young and exciting. It's a bit similar to us in the terms of the way they are going about things," he said.

The winner of tonigth's match in Guimaraes will take on Portugal after their 3-1 win over Switzerland in Porto last night.

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