Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he faces tough night against Napoli star


Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is aware he is set for a tough evening against Napoli ace Lorenzo Insigne tonight.

Insigne, previously linked with a move to Anfield, is set to be one of Napoli’s main threats in their Champions League opener.

The Italy international caused Alexander-Arnold problems in a pre-season friendly as the Italian side ran out 3-0 winners in July.

As they prepare to square off again, the England youngster has compared Insigne to former Chelsea ace Eden Hazard.

Alexander-Arnold has been rock solid for Jurgen Klopp’s side and knows it is down to him to rise to the occasion of keeping him quiet.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is expecting a difficult evening in Naples

“Obviously he’s a really good player,” Alexander-Arnold said.

“He’s someone who really helps them play football, understands the way that they want to play, really encourages the team to play out. They are able to hit [it to] him and he’ll be able to hold the ball up.

“He’s a really tricky player, really strong, fast, quite agile. He’s kind of like Eden Hazard I’d say, that type of player who is tricky to get hold of and mark. Coming up against him is always a tough test but they’re the things that you expect in the Champions League.

“He’s a great player, probably a little bit underrated in terms of the respect and the plaudits that he gets. But he’s a real fantastic player. I think his team-mates will say the same and the people that come up against him will say how tricky he is to actually nullify.

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“He’s a good player, they’ve got many a good player and we need to be ready for that.”

Alexander-Arnold had a tough afternoon against Insigne in pre-season

Despite facing a tricky opener in their Champions League title defence, Alexander-Arnold is confident the Reds can show their class to pick up where they left off in the competition.

“A lot of the players that we have are world class players,” he said. “They know what it takes to win things, what it takes to be successful, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to embrace that as a team.

“I think we have so far this season in the league. We obviously know that last season we did so well so this season we’re up there again.

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“A lot of teams will want to come to Anfield, beat us, play different ways and we know that’s going to be the test for us. But we need to be ready for all types of tests.

“We know that being able to keep clean sheets and being able to win games away from home are massively important – especially in the Champions League when you’ve probably only got one or two chances to beat teams and get results.

“You’re playing Europe’s elite, you’re going to get fewer chances than you do in the Premier League so it’s about maximising those chances and minimalising the opposition.”

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