Trent Alexander-Arnold says Liverpool’s

Liverpool’s ‘humbling’ defeat at Aston Villa was a reality check that has allowed players to ‘kick down doors’ again, Trent Alexander-Arnold has claimed.

The Reds have won four and drawn one since the shock 7-2 drubbing at Villa Park, which was the club’s heaviest defeat in 57 years.

The Premier League champions have established themselves at the top of the Premier League again – all without defensive linchpin Virgil van Dijk.

That run also includes back-to-back Champions League victories, which has already put them two points ahead in Group D ahead of Tuesday’s trip to face Atalanta where a win would put them within touching distance of the knockout stage.

And Alexander-Arnold believes the Villa defeat has had a positive effect.

“There was a meeting when we came back but we always have a meeting anyway. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary,” the full-back said.

Aston Villa’s summer signings combined wonderfully to batter Liverpool last month
Aston Villa’s summer signings combined wonderfully to batter Liverpool last month

“But I think it was more about self-reflection in that period, and knowing that can’t happen.

“It was kind of a one-off. To concede seven goals is unacceptable but it is about learning from these things.

“It kind of humbled us as a team and it let us know that we can’t just win games because we are Liverpool with the history of the club and the players we’ve got, it is about mentality and the work we put in.

“If we are not at 100 per cent, these things can happen. It wasn’t an outrageously bad performance from us but our mentality wasn’t there on the day and we got punished for it.

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