De Zerbi so proud after he starts with a point

Head coach delighted as Trossard hat-trick earns Albion 3-3 draw at Anfield.

01 October 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Roberto De Zerbi and his assistant Andrea Maldera.

Roberto De Zerbi spoke of his ‘pride’ after his first game as Albion head coach ended in a 3-3 thriller against Liverpool at Anfield.

Leandro Trossard became only the third visiting player to score a hat-trick at Anfield in the Premier League after netting twice in the first 17 minutes before completing his treble seven minutes from time after the hosts had led 3-2.

De Zerbi said, “I told the squad in the locker room about my pride in their performance. I wanted the team to play with passion and intensity and that’s what I transmitted to them on the training pitch and they all played a great game.

"It was a crazy game. I am happy and proud for my players and my club. There was a possibility to win the game but Liverpool is a fantastic team. If we had won the game I wouldn't have felt like we had stolen anything here.

By Paul Hazlewood
Danny Welbeck went close with this first-half header.

“I don’t know if I’m a good coach but I’m a brave one and I have to give credit to Graham Potter, who has put together a very good squad. The substitutes we made made a difference and we played a good match, with the possibility of scoring more goals at Anfield, where I know it is difficult [for away teams] to play well."

The Italian was delighted for Trossard, who scored Albion’s first Premier League hat-trick, and believes the midfielder is capable of even more.

“Trossard played a great game with two fantastic goals and the third was very difficult but he took the chance very well. But I believe he can do even better because I consider him a great, great player.”