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Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Charlie Bennett

Trent Alexander-Arnold sends brutal Premier League title message to Arsenal with 'obvious' Man City admission

Trent Alexander-Arnold believes the Premier League title destination is “obvious” by backing Manchester City to go all the way.

Surprise package Arsenal had crept to the front of the bookmakers’ favourites in January - boasting an eight-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s men. However, recent woes have allowed a relentless City side to take advantage and propel themselves into pole position.

A brutal 4-1 victory over Arsenal at the Etihad last week means bookies are offering odds as short as 1/33 for them to regain their title. Liverpool star Alexander-Arnold knows all about Man City’s mean streak, competing on all fronts with Guardiola and Co in recent years.

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Four years ago, City won their final 14 fixtures to finish on 98 points - making the Reds agonisingly miss out on glory. The 97 points obtained by the Reds that season remains the most achieved by an English club without winning the league title.

Alexander-Arnold acknowledged their ability to get over the line - insisting Arsenal’s title charge was “game over” as soon as City got close. He told Red Bull: “The league is obvious now and I’ve said it for a while.

“If City are even anywhere close, if they smell blood at Christmas, New Year - it’s game over really. There's no stopping them once they start winning and, now at this point, I'd be surprised if they drew a game.

“I think it's got to be a mindset because they don't even go behind in games at this point. There's no messing around, there's no scares, there’s no ups and downs. Arsenal were exciting because, they were dropping points, but in an exciting way. Whereas City, I don’t even know how to describe it, they are like juggernauts.”

Alexander-Arnold also spoke about becoming the fastest defender in Premier League history to record 50 assists. Two lay-offs in the 6-1 rout over Leeds United moved the 24-year-old closer to Andy Robertson (57), who holds the record.

“To be fair, I knew it (50 assists) was kind of coming because I know I'm a few behind Robbo (Robertson). So going into this season, we knew we were close together and we were quite close to 50. I'd seen that he had broken the 50 mark and was pushing on but other than that, I didn’t have a clue.”


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