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“So much respect…” – Trent Alexander Arnold explains what Man United had that Liverpool don’t



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Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has explained why he has “so much respect” for the Manchester United side that Gary Neville played for.

United were the dominant force throughout the 1990s and 2000s, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side winning 13 Premier League titles in total.

From 2005/06 to 2012/13, they won five of the seven available titles and lost the other two by a combined total of one point.

This kind of consistency is what made regular title-winners like Gary Neville such respected players. The right-back won 12 Premier Leagues across his career.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is considered one of the best right-backs in the world currently, but he—and Liverpool—have often struggled to maintain the consistency that Neville and his old United team had.

United’s rivals have had their best period under Jurgen Klopp in the last nine years but won just one Premier League title, with four league finishes outside of the top three.

“As a player, as a team, we went through a rough season,” admitted Alexander-Arnold when speaking to Neville about Liverpool’s fifth-place finish last season on The Overlap.

“And when people have such high expectations of you individually and as a team, it’s hard to keep living up to them…it’s the hardest demand ever.

“That’s why I have so much respect for you and your team in that era and how to continuously keep winning and finding it.

“It’s the hardest thing to do in football to stay consistent.”

Liverpool are aiming to finish on top during Klopp’s last season at the club but their draw at Old Trafford last week, followed by a defeat to Crystal Palace on the weekend, makes it a difficult task.

United, meanwhile, are unlikely to finish in the Champions League spots and will be focused on their FA Cup campaign for success this season.