POOL WIN CAN IN­SPIRE LI­ONS

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport - BY MATTHEW DUNN

TRENT ALEXANDERA­RNOLD be­lieves that Eng­land can “do a Liver­pool” by bounc­ing back from dis­ap­point­ment to con­quer Europe.

When still just a teenager, Alexan­der-Arnold was part of the team that lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the 2018 fi­nal of the

Cham­pi­ons League.

Then just 12 months later, he was back play­ing a vi­tal part in the 2-0 win over Spurs that earned Liver­pool suc­cess in the com­pe­ti­tion for the sixth time.

Five days later there was some­thing of a come-down, when he sat help­lessly on the touch­line and saw Eng­land throw away an early lead to lose to Hol­land in the UEFA Na­tions League semi-fi­nal in Guimaraes.

He will be back in the side this af­ter­noon for the third/ fourth play-off match against Switzer­land des­per­ate for a medal, but Alexan­der-Arnold (be­low) is also look­ing to­wards next sum­mer’s Euro 2020 con­clu­sion.

“It is im­por­tant for us to look for­ward to the

Switzer­land game,” he said. “We have still got an­other medal to look for­ward to.

“When you go through a sea­son and then end up los­ing, it means ev­ery­thing.

But at the end of the day it is still the same prin­ci­ple and you have got to bounce back. “There are def­i­nitely sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Eng­land and Liver­pool, even to the fact they are both young and ex­cit­ing and only go­ing to get bet­ter with time.

“At this mo­ment we are just try­ing to fo­cus on our­selves and show that we are ready for next year and the Euros.”

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