Liverpool ace Alexander-Arnold hailed for Villareal reaction - Whelan

By Noel Whelan

29th Apr, 2022 | 8:00pm

Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp will be thrilled by 'amazing' Trent Alexander-Arnold reaction - Whelan

Noel Whelan has insisted it was a “great sight” to see Trent Alexander-Arnold “unhappy” at being substituted off for Liverpool against Villareal.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted Jurgen Klopp will be delighted with the 23-year-old’s mentality in the 2-0 win.

As captured during BT Sports’ coverage of Wednesday’s game (27 April), Alexander-Arnold cut a frustrated figure as he was replaced by Joe Gomez with 10 minutes to play.

The right-back has been a mainstay as Liverpool push for an unprecedented quadruple this season.

Whelan suggested Alexander-Arnold’s response reflects the “character” of the Liverpool squad.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Look, he was playing a great game as well. Right now, who wants to come off for Liverpool?

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“The way they’re playing, the way they’re attacking, the wins they’re getting under their belts and this flow they’re on right now.

“It’s a great sight to see somebody coming off, unhappy, who’s had an amazing game. With 10 minutes to go, most people would appreciate the rest.

“Enjoy watching the end of the game, 2-0 going into the second leg? Not Trent. It just goes to show the character they’ve got there. Everybody doesn’t want to miss one minute of a game.

“Whether they’re getting all the applause when they’re walking off, they want to stay out there.

“They want to play to the end of the game, they want to be there absorbing and enjoying these moments. It shows that everyone’s got that work ethic that Klopp wants.”

Alexander-Arnold has made 41 appearances for Liverpool this season.

Should the Reds reach the Champions League final, they will have played every single game they possibly come the end of the campaign.

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