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Liverpool ace admits they have a ‘target’ on their backs after Champions League glory | Football | Sport

Liverpool have a squad full of world-class players, but have a target on their backs after winning the Champions League.

That’s according to right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool start their defence of the Champions League tonight with a difficult trip to Napoli.

Having made a superb start to their Premier League season, they face off against Carlo Ancelotti’s side in Naples.

They were handed a relatively easy group, with Red Bull Salzburg and Genk their other two opponents.

And despite being favourites to come out of the group stage without any trouble, Alexander-Arnold insisted that opposing teams will up their levels of intensity when they play Liverpool.

“We’ve got a big target on our backs now because we are European champions,” the 20-year-old said.

“Everyone wants to beat us. We are the team to beat right now, so it’s exciting.

“We need to try and defend the honour as much as possible – and try and retain it if we can.

“A lot of the players that we have are world class.

“They know what it takes to win things and what it takes to be successful, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to embrace that as a team. I think we have so far this season in the Premier League.

“Last season we did so well and this season we’re up there again.

“Lots of teams will want to come to Anfield to try to beat us, play different ways and we know that’s going to be the test for us. But we need to be ready for all types of tests.

“Being able to keep clean sheets and being able to win away is massively important – especially in the Champions League, when you probably only get one or two chances (in a game) to beat teams and get results.

“You are playing against Europe’s elite and it’s about maximising your opportunities.”

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