Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool can beat anyone in the Champions League this season and is looking forward to the knockout stages as that is when “the fun begins”.
Having already qualified as group winners, the 1-1 draw against Midtjylland was purely academic but it did present the opportunity for the 22-year-old to captain his boyhood club for the first time.
The real consequential action on the night was elsewhere as the club’s potential last-16 opponents were finalised.
In Monday’s draw Jurgen Klopp’s side could be pitted against either Atletico Madrid, who knocked them out last season, Barcelona, Borussia Monchengladbach, FC Porto, Sevilla, Lazio or RB Leipzig.
Despite the apparent strength of that selection, Alexander-Arnold insists it holds no fears.
“Now the fun begins really. The knockout stages, this is where the best teams perform and get through. I think on our day we’ll be able to beat anyone,” he said.
Alexander-Arnold became the third-youngest player at the Reds to wear the armband, younger even than Steven Gerrard, although he assumed the responsibility on a permanent basis whereas the England full-back handed it over when Jordan Henderson arrived as a second-half substitute.