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Liverpool star Explains the challenges of overcoming a “Well-Oiled” manchester City

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By Siddharth Juyal

Liverpool vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold asserted that the slightest mistakes are too costly against “well-oiled machine” Manchester City as six games remain

Trent Alexander-Arnold provided blunt honesty to Liverpool and Arsenal while highlighting the power of “near-perfect” Manchester City amid recent slip-up. Liverpool and the Gunners are one point behind Man City in the Premier League title race with six games remaining.

The Reds lost to Crystal Palace last weekend while Arsenal lost to Aston Villa, allowing the Citizens to move ahead. Liverpool are currently third in the Premier League table, behind Arsenal in only goal difference on 70 points.

The Reds have somewhat self-destructed since the club football restarted after the March international break, dropping four points since then. Despite dominating Manchester United at Old Trafford in the first half, they self-sabotaged their lead in the second half.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Conor Bradley of Liverpool leaves the pitch injured as Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool is embraced by Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool, prior to being substituted on during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace at Anfield on April 14, 2024 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Liverpool vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold returned to action against Crystal Palace last weekend after a long-term injury, (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Against the Eagles, they conceded an early goal once again and failed to capitalise on several goalscoring opportunities throughout. Liverpool have also crashed out of the Europa League after losing the quarter-finals to Italian side Atalanta.

Jurgen Klopp’s men lacked conviction, and creativity and showed complacency in both the defensive and offensive phases, becoming easier to beat. Liverpool have enjoyed a fantastic form early in the season but recent error-prone and complacent performances have sabotaged them.

Trent told Sky Sports that Liverpool have to rely on other teams to hope for an unexpected slip-up from City. He said:

“Arsenal experienced it, we’ve experienced it two or three times, when you get into a title race with Man City they are borderline perfect. You can’t slip up or make mistakes. If you give them the upper hand they don’t really blink in those moments. They don’t seem vulnerable. It’s a well-oiled machine. That’s what they do, they click and there’s no stopping them. Giving them this advantage with six games to go is almost like handing them the title. All we can do is hope someone does us a favour and get our goal difference up.”

Trent suffered a torn lateral knee ligament injury in January that kept him out of action until the Palace game. The 25-year-old is one of the best playmakers in the team and his presence boosts the club’s chances to win.

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The Reds need to finish the season in the best way possible with only six games remaining. Liverpool has tough fixtures with three away games that start with Fulham’s game this Sunday followed by the Merseyside derby and a trip to West Ham United.