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Juergen Klopp puts money on 'smart' Trent

Liverpool are looking to build on their win against Leeds when they host relegation-threatened Forest

Reuters London Published 22.04.23, 07:14 AM
Mohamed Salah looks relaxed during a training session.

Mohamed Salah looks relaxed during a training session. Twitter

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold's new role is "not written in stone" and it is a challenge for the squad to adapt to his new position, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday as the England international looks to rediscover top form.

Alexander-Arnold has been one of Liverpool's main chance creators and he excelled in an advanced role to record two assists during their 6-1 win over Leeds United on Monday.

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"In each position he played, Trent is a super important player for us. This advanced role suits him really well," Klopp told reporters ahead of Saturday's home Premier League clash with Nottingham Forest.

"It's a challenge for everyone else to cover the spaces but with him there we don't lose many balls. It's not written in stone, he can play different ways.

"It's not the first time we played like that... Trent's a smart player, it's more about how we set up."

Klopp did not confirm if the 24-year-old would continue playing in that role, adding that it was not a "solution for all the football problems" Liverpool have had this season.

Liverpool, eighth in the Premier League, are looking to build on their win against Leeds when they host relegation-threatened Forest.

Pep wants to buck the trend

Manchester: After four successive FA Cup semi-final exits Pep Guardiola hopes his Manchester City players can shake off the mental fatigue of a congested run of fixtures to break that pattern against Sheffield United on Saturday.

Manchester City are once again chasing silverware on multiple fronts having reached the semi-finals of the Champions League by beating Bayern Munich 4-1 on aggregate on Wednesday.

They also face a potential Premier League title decider against Arsenal on April 26.

First, however, Guardiola is only focused on beating a Sheffield United side on the verge of promotion back to the top flight.

"Hopefully, we can have it. Last three or four years we didn't perform well," Guardiola told reporters.

Reuters

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