Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold will start the Reds' Premier League opener against Fulham.
Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool is concerned that Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Arsenal will be stronger forces in the Premier League this season. Last season, the Reds and Manchester City were largely uncontested for the league title, with Liverpool and Alexander-Arnold missing out by just a point.
Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Arsenal have all strengthened their squads this summer in an attempt to catch Liverpool and Manchester City. Both north London clubs have spent millions of pounds on improving their squads.
Last season, Liverpool and City finished with 92 and 93 points, respectively. The Reds’ nearest rival was third-place Chelsea, who had 18 points fewer than them.
Spurs finished fourth with 71 points, one point ahead of Arsenal for the final Champions League spot. The Gunners finished the season with only 69 points. However, Alexander-Arnold believes those teams will be significantly stronger this season.
This weekend marks the start of the 2022-23 Premier League season, and the 23-year-old told the Mirror: “I think the other teams will get closer.” Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United are all improving. There are world-class managers all over the league.
But he is rooting for his teammates to win their first league title in three years, saying, “The goal is obviously to win the league.” But, because of the level of competition, I believe this year could be one of the most difficult to win. It’s gone up yet another notch.”
Alexander-Arnold has established himself as one of Europe’s best attacking full-backs. The England international has already scored this season, opening the scoring in Liverpool’s 3-1 Community Shield victory over Manchester City.
This follows a season in which he had 19 assists and two goals across all competitions. However, Alexander-Arnold is more concerned with how many chances he creates than with how many assists he receives.
After all, assists are contingent on a striker converting the opportunity. However, Liverpool has plenty of those types of players, and Alexander-ability Arnold’s to create a goal could benefit new £85 million signing Darwin Nunez.
“One part of me wants to be the highest assist-maker in the league every season. But an assist relies on people converting the chance,” the Liverpool academy graduate adds.
“So my thinking is also: if I can be the top chance creator then that is solely on me. That’s in my mind as well going into the new season.” Liverpool begin their Premier League campaign away to newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday afternoon.