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Trent Alexander-Arnold says facing Sadio Mane in Liverpool training was never nice
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Trent Alexander-Arnold says facing Sadio Mane in Liverpool training was never nice

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has heaped praise on Sadio Mane and has shed light on how difficult it was to train against him.

The Senegal international, branded as an ‘amazing’ player, spent six years at Liverpool and won it all. He’ll go down as one of the greats of the club, but he decided to leave Anfield and move to Bayern Munich at the end of last season.

Alexander-Arnold still remembers him very fondly.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold says facing Sadio Mane in Liverpool training was never nice

Senegal were viewed as the dark horses by some people ahead of the World Cup, but that opinion quickly changed after it was announced that Mane was ruled out of the tournament.

Alexander-Arnold has revealed that he was ‘gutted’ for his old teammate, but he admitted that it makes things easier for England when the two sides meet on Sunday.

Hailing Mane, the Liverpool defender branded him as the best left-winger in the world. He also revealed that coming up against him training was never a nice feeling.

Alexander-Arnold told talkSPORT: “Sadio brings a completely different aspect to that (Senegal) side. I think he got top-three in the Ballon d’Or this year, that’s all that needs to be said.

“Someone who’s a world-class player and as bad as it sounds, it probably helps us that we’re not playing against him. That’s the level of player (he is).

“I only say that out of pure respect because I’ve played against him in training and it’s not a nice feeling. He’s one of, if not, the best left-winger in the world in my opinion.

“I was gutted, absolutely gutted that he had to miss out on this tournament.”

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Mane is not just a big miss for Senegal at the World Cup, but his absence has really hurt Liverpool as well.

The Reds have had a poor campaign in the Premier League so far. They’ve won just six of their first 14 games and are already 15 points behind the leaders, Arsenal.

Mane’s ability to come up with big goals at important moments helped Liverpool get out of difficult situations on numerous occasions over the years. This year, however, nobody has been there to bail them out.

That has really cost them, but there’s nothing Jurgen Klopp can do apart from finding a quality replacement for Mane.

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