Trent Alexander-Arnold has hailed his first FA Cup triumph with Liverpool as a “special feeling” as he completed the full set of club trophies.
Since making his senior debut in October 2016, Alexander-Arnold has gone to establish himself as Liverpool’s first-choice right-back as the team clinched Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Premier League titles within 12 months between June 2019 – June 2020.
This season saw further success as Alexander-Arnold helped Liverpool achieve a domestic cup double of EFL Cup and FA Cup, which both came via victories in penalty shootouts following goalless draws against Chelsea to complete the full set of trophy success for his only club.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com post-match about finally securing the FA Cup to complete the entire collection of possible trophies at just 23 years-old, Alexander-Arnold described the achievement as “unreal,” and “an amazing feeling.”
Reflecting on the fact that one of his career ambitions is now fulfilled, Alexander Arnold continued: “It’s something that I’ve dreamed of and it’s something that not many players can say they have done, so to be able to do it with this amazing club and this amazing team is a special feeling for me.”
Alexander-Arnold also joked about the fact that all four of Liverpool’s meetings against Chelsea across all competitions this season ended in draws, as he added: “Honestly, it’s always tight when we play Chelsea. We just can’t get the better of each other, it always comes down to pens and draws.
“That’s four draws now [this season], it’s rare, so it’s hard to beat them but we were resilient and we’ve got the job done when it matters. We’ve kept calm under pressure and slotted our pens.”
The 23 year-old also spoke of his pride at how his team “adapted” and “dealt” with Chelsea’s stubbornness as the Blues fought their way back into the match, having struggled with Liverpool’s start before Mohamed Salah was substituted in the 33rd minute through injury.
Alexander-Arnold though felt that Liverpool’s only frustration was that they “just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”
During the “tense” penalty shootout, Alexander-Arnold took Liverpool’s fourth spot-kick but he admitted to feeling “focused” rather than nervous in the knowledge of which direction he had committed to putting his shot in.
Explaining his mindset during his penalty, Alexander-Arnold commented: ” That’s all you can really do, to be honest, and try to hit the ball well.
“It’s easy to over-complicate things but you are 12 yards out, just strike the ball well and you’ve got a decent chance of scoring, so I think that’s what I did today.”
The winning penalty fell to Konstantinos Tsimikas with Alexander-Arnold describing the Greek’s penalty as “Unbelievable!”
Alexander-Arnold added that Tsimikas’ winning penalty highlights the talent within the squad as he concluded: “It just shows the depth that we’ve got, lads coming in. The way we did it in the Carabao and now today.
“It’s amazing, the changes we’ve made, the players coming on and doing their job unbelievably well. It’s an amazing group and it’s a special season.