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We believe we're in for another special night: Alexander-Arnold


Good fun: Andrew Robertson (left) jokes with team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold
Good fun: Andrew Robertson (left) jokes with team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold

By Carl Markham

Three years ago, Trent Alexander-Arnold watched from the stands at Anfield as Liverpool produced another remarkable European comeback to beat Borussia Dortmund.

Tonight, the England international will be on the pitch trying to replicate a similarly difficult task as they seek to overhaul a 3-0 deficit from the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

Back in April 2016, Liverpool faced their Bundesliga opponents on the back of an encouraging 1-1 draw in Germany.

However, they found themselves 4-2 down on aggregate with 24 minutes remaining but edged through with an added-time winner from Dejan Lovren.

"I was here as a fan. It was one of those special nights. You always remember where you are when those games happen," said Alexander-Arnold, who sat out the first leg as manager Jurgen Klopp surprisingly selected Joe Gomez at right-back. "I am sure the fans will believe we have it in us to score and not concede.

"Realistically it is a really uphill battle for us but it is important to have that belief. It is a slim possibility but the possibility is still there. We have got to go out there and be fearless.

"The only way to get the result is to not hold back. If we get caught up thinking about the players they have got, it is not going to work."

Of more concern to Liverpool at the moment is the absence of their key players.

Leading scorer Mohamed Salah has been ruled out with concussion and with Roberto Firmino out with a muscle tear, the Reds have only Sadio Mane left of their feared front three.

However, Alexander-Arnold remains optimistic they can handle being without their 26-goal talisman.

"I don't think it will feel that strange," he added. "We train with different line-ups and different players in different positions.

"We have got two of our main goalscorers off but it also presents an opportunity for others to make themselves heroes and if we do overturn the deficit, whoever scores, their name will always be remembered because it will be a really special night."

Meanwhile, Andy Robertson believes Liverpool have to produce the perfect game if they are to turn around the tie.

Jurgen Klopp's side cannot realistically afford to concede an away goal as that would require them to score a near-impossible five times.

Nevertheless, full-back Robertson stressed they were far from ready to give up without taking the fight to their opponents and results this season, the latest a late win at Newcastle, have proved this team never knows when they are beaten.

"We need a perfect game with a bit of luck because they will be thinking if they get a goal it kills the tie," said the Scotland captain. "We always believe but 3-0 against Barcelona is a bit different to scoring a late goal because you are starting three behind.

"We will fight for everything, we won't give up. It will be a hell of a task but there is still hope. Special things happen at Anfield and we're hoping for another special night. We'll give 100 per cent but need a bit of luck."

Anfield is famous for its European nights and Robertson is hoping for another boost.

"It gives us a lift and it certainly has affected teams in the past," he added. "Barca are a different kettle of fish, I'm not sure it will affect them, but you saw last season it affected City when we beat them 3-0 (in their Champions League quarter-final), it affected Roma (who lost 5-2).

"Hopefully our fans will be at 100 per cent."

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