Virgil van Dijk salutes ‘special’ Liverpool FC star
The Liverpool FC star was impressed with Trent Alexander-Arnold's performance in Wednesday night's 5-0 win over Watford
Virgil van Dijk heaped praise on Trent Alexander-Arnold after the Liverpool FC full-back’s “special” performance in Wednesday night’s 5-0 win over Watford.
The England international was restored to the Liverpool FC team after Jurgen Klopp left the 20-year-old on the bench for their goalless draw at Manchester United at the weekend.
Liverpool FC missed Alexander-Arnold’s delivery during their 0-0 stalemate at Manchester United as James Milner struggled in an unorthodox full-back role.
The youth graduate made his mark on Wednesday night with a creative performance roaming down the right wing at Anfield.
Alexander-Arnold produced both assists for Sadio Mane’s two goals in the opening 20 minutes of the mid-week Premier League clash.
While Mane was denied the chance to complete his hat-trick when he was substituted in the second half, Alexander-Arnold did finish with a treble of assists.
The England starlet delivered a cross for Virgil van Dijk to score his first goal of Wednesday night before the Dutch centre-half sealed a 5-0 win with his second goal.
Van Dijk picked out Alexander-Arnold for special praise after Liverpool FC’s rout of Watford.
“His crossing and delivery is top-class, he has been showing it throughout the season,” Van Dijk told Liverpool FC’s website. “To get three assists is special.”
Van Dijk added that Liverpool FC are relaxed in the title race and Klopp’s squad aren’t paying attention to Manchester City’s results.
“Everyone has their opinion on the race,” Van Dijk added.
“For us, it’s just a case of focusing on the game ahead of us and it was Watford. We prepared it very well, even if [the preparation] was very short.
“We were all ready for it and up for it – we wanted to show our fans and ourselves we play like this the whole season. We have to enjoy it. Now it’s time to recover and make sure we’re ready for the weekend.
“I’m not worried about anything apart from what’s [going on] in the dressing room and the guys that have influence on our performance. Other than that, I’m just enjoying every bit of it.”
Liverpool FC will make the trip to Everton on Sunday.