Read the latest 2022 Qatar World Cup news here.

‘As things stand’: Michael Owen now worries for one Liverpool player's chances of starting at the World Cup
Photo by Andre Weening/Orange Pictures/BSR Agency/Getty Images

‘As things stand’: Michael Owen now worries for one Liverpool player's chances of starting at the World Cup

Speaking to BT Sport, Michael Owen is worried for Trent Alexander-Arnold’s chances of starting at the World Cup.

The former Liverpool striker was speaking after the Reds 2-1 win over Ajax in the Champions League.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring before Everton target Mohammed Kudus equaliser with a thunderous strike.

Jurgen Klopp’s side came away with the win late on after Joel Matip scored his first Champions League goal in nine years.

It’s an important victory for Liverpool, especially after their disastrous start to their European campaign against Napoli.

Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

However, Owen is worried about Alexander-Arnold’s England chances this winter, as Ajax’s goal once again came from his flank.

Liverpool’s right-back failed to pick up the run of Steven Berghuis who cut the ball back into the box.

Alexander-Arnold couldn’t recover in time to prevent Kudus levelling the scores.

The Englishman’s form hasn’t been great this season, and there have even been calls for Klopp to drop him.

Robbie Fowler has even accused him of having a lack of desire, a tag Alexander-Arnold will be keen to shake off quickly.

Owen worried about Alexander-Arnold England chances

The 23-year-old has been capped 17 times by Gareth Southgate so far.

He was unlucky to miss last year’s European Championships after picking up a hamstring injury.

His longest run of consecutive games for the Three Lions is four matches.

However, he’s never been able to nail down a spot in the team.

Southgate has even tried playing Alexander-Arnold in midfield, but England already have plenty of options in this role.

Photo by Andre Weening/Orange Pictures/BSR Agency/Getty Images

Owen highlighted his concern for Alexander-Arnold’s international aspirations in BT Sport’s post-match analysis.

“Gareth Southgate didn’t pick Trent Alexander-Arnold when he was absolutely flying and Liverpool and Trent were top-notch.” Owen said.

“As things stand, if he wasn’t going to pick him then, he’s not going to be his first-choice right-back at the moment.”

Southgate announces his final England squad before the World Cup tomorrow.

Liverpool’s number 66 will be hoping he’s involved to prove to Southgate he’s his best option.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know

You may also like…