Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has set his team the difficult target of keeping more clean sheets than they achieved last season, after beating Norwich on the opening day of the Premier League campaign.
The Reds ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over the Canaries, but looked a little shaky at the back, with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher describing the home side as ‘all over the place in defence.’
The Premier League newcomers had 12 shots on Liverpool’s goal, with five of those on target, causing the Champions League winners problems, and Teemu Pukki scoring for them in the second half.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had the best defence in the Premier League last season, keeping 21 clean sheets and conceding just 22 goals, but despite conceding on Friday night, Alexander-Arnold thinks they can improve on their stats in the coming year.
‘I think the way that we play as full-backs in this team is getting up and defending as well,’ the right-back told Sky Sports.
‘I think no matter what we can always improve, obviously we want to keep more clean sheets than what we did last season, we kept a lot but obviously we can still get better.
‘I want to be a threat going forward but do my job first and foremost in defence.’
Joe Gomez partnered Virgil van Dijk in central defence for Liverpool, coming back into the team after Joel Matip had taken that roll at the back end of last season.
Many expected Matip to hold onto the position after winning the Champions League in June, but it appears that the England international is now first choice.
However, the 22-year-old insists that there is no such thing as a guaranteed starter at Anfield and he must continue to fight for his place.
‘Nothings really been said, there’s not much to say,’ Gomez told Sky Sports. ‘We know every week we have to play for our place, no one’s guaranteed a place in the starting XI.
‘That’s what it’s like at these top clubs and Liverpool is one,k we have to expect a challenge every week and that’s what it will be.’