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Alexander-Arnold insists Liverpool need every player to contribute in the run-in

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has said that he cannot take his place for granted with the Reds approaching the final few weeks of the season. The England international has been the regular right-back choice for the Reds this year but the recent return of Joe Gomez from injury should provide timely competition for him.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “Hopefully we’ve got six games left. It doesn’t sound too much but when you’re putting everything into it you need players to come in and out. It’s good to be able to bring different players in. Now the weather plays a bit more of a part and you have to put a bit more effort in. It’s exciting. Every game you want to play and it’s good when the manager has that faith and trust in you to play. We have to recover as soon as possible because we know we’ve got a tough run of fixtures to go. We’re excited.”

The Reds are currently at the top of the Premier League with a two-point advantage over Manchester City but the latter have a game advantage. As such, they don’t have the destiny in their own hands and the holders need to stumble during their final four matches to provide the Reds with the chance to secure a maiden Premier League title.

Elsewhere, they have a mouth-watering clash against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final stage. The Merseyside giants have pretty much dominated the proceedings during the knockout phase of the competition, but they face the toughest challenge yet with the Blaugrana possessing the mesmerising talents of Lionel Messi in their ranks.

Jurgen Klopp’s side likewise possess the exceptional capabilities of Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the defence and the semi-final could be influenced by the performances of the duo. Messi has notched 45 goals through the ongoing campaign. In comparison, Van Dijk has kept 22 clean sheets for the Merseyside giants.