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Fans divided after Liverpool talent Trent Alexander-Arnold’s England performance


Fans divided after Liverpool talent Trent Alexander-Arnold’s England performance

The Liverpool teenager put in a decent display in just his second England appearance.

England will play Colombia in the second round of the World Cup after a much-changed side went down to an equally different Belgium XI. England rested most of their senior starters and gave a chance for others to press a claim for a first-team spot.

Based on the performance and result a few things became clear. Eric Dier is not at Jordan Henderson’s level, Phil Jones and Gary Cahill are rightly on the bench and without Harry Kane England look toothless.

So whilst most of the England XI last night did not impress, the same cannot be said about the Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The 19-year-old was making just his second cap for England and doing so on a massive stage. But, as he has done all season for Liverpool, he excelled.

(during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between England and Belgium at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 28, 2018 in Kaliningrad, Russia.

The teenager was England’s most potent attacking threat throughout the game. In the end, Belgium had to swap Thorgan Hazard with the more pragmatic Nacer Chadli just to try and deal with the Liverpool talent.

It was not a perfect performance. Those who have seen Alexander-Arnold play for Liverpool this season will know how decent his set-pieces can be. He struggled with the dead ball last night, however still gave both Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek scoring chances. It also seemed a drilled-in front-post corner was a tactic of England’s last night that simply did not pay off, rather than a miskick from the Liverpool player.

Unfortunately for Alexander-Arnold, his direct competition Kieran Trippier has been one of England’s best players at the World Cup so far.

With that in mind, a place on the bench will likely have to suffice for the Liverpool talent.

But his chance will come for England in the future. When it does, it looks like he is more than up to scratch.

England and Liverpool fans were left divided on Twitter. Although most felt that whilst Alexander-Arnold is brilliant, right now Trippier remains the best choice…


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