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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.

Mathew Nash

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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…

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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New Everton deal great for the future and gets one over on Steven Gerrard

The midfielder has committed his future to Everton until 2020.

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This summer saw Rangers appoint Steven Gerrard as manager. The former Liverpool man was swiftly linked with plenty of young talent from Merseyside and not just those he worked with as academy coach at Melwood.

Gerrard was also linked with a move for Everton youngster Alex Denny back in May. As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Rangers were keen as contract talks with Everton had broken down.

However, those deals must have got back underway.  Yesterday, the 18-year-old signed a new deal at Everton.

Denny signed his first professional deal with Everton this week. Whilst keeping him out of the clutches of Liverpool legend Gerrard is a win in itself, Everton fans will be far more excited about what he can bring to the club in the future.

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The England youth international is the latest in a long line of promising talent to emerge at Everton.

With the likes of Jonjoe Kenny, Beni Baningime and Tom Davies in first-team action last term, Denny can easily begin to hope he can follow in such footsteps.

Denny is now contracted at Everton until 2020 and in the next two years will hope to show he is capable of being a star at Goodison Park.

Sorry Stevie G but for now, this one’s a Toffee.

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Liverpool should stay away from Domagoj Vida despite World Cup heroics

Liverpool are reportedly weighing up a move for the Croatian international.

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Liverpool have reportedly joined the race to sign Croatian World Cup star Domagoj Vida, with the Reds looking to bolster their squad depth in a bid to bring Jurgen Klopp his first piece of silverware with the club.

According to the Express, Liverpool have already made a bid for Vida, who is partnering current Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren for Croatia at this summer’s World Cup.

Vida currently plays his football in Turkey with Besiktas, after making a move from Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kyiv back in January but, at 29, is the Croatian international the man to solve Liverpool’s defensive frailties?

Despite impressing at the World Cup, there is no doubt that Liverpool should be aiming higher in a bid to find their £75million centre-back Virgil van Dijk a worthy partner.

It could even be argued that Van Dijk and Lovren did enough to prove to Klopp at the end of last season that they had a solid enough partnership to carry the club forward next season. Howwever, it seems the Liverpool boss still identifies the centre-back position as an area of improvement for the Reds.

Unfortunately, Vida is not in the top bracket of centre-backs that Liverpool so desperately need to partner Van Dijk at the heart of their defence, and making a move for the Besiktas man would be a disappointment to many.

With Klopp on the verge of potential greatness with the Reds, it would be a silly time to invest in any player who is not quite up to scratch.

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Did one year ago today mark the start of Ronald Koeman’s Everton demise?

Everton focussed on one man for too long and never replaced Romelu Lukaku.

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This time last year saw Everton busy in the transfer market. Sandro Ramirez arrived from Malaga on the same day the club also procured Michael Keane from Burnley. But it was also the day that reports first started emerging that Everton had targeted the man to replace Romelu Lukaku.

According to The Mirror, the Toffees were lining up a £20 million bid for the Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman was seeing his future at Arsenal cast into doubt by the signing of Alexandre Lacazette and Everton hoped to lure him to Goodison Park.

It was a deal that rumbled on throughout the summer but, in the end, Giroud chose to remain at Arsenal.

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It was, according to Ronald Koeman, the decision that eventually cost him his job at Everton. As he told Voetbal International, as relayed by The Telegraph, they had Giroud ‘in the building’ but he decided he did not want to leave London.

Everton’s inability to replace Lukaku left them desperately short in attack. It proved a massive contributing factor to Everton’s woeful start to the season which saw Koeman dismissed in October.

Giroud, of course, went on to join Chelsea in January.

Everton’s demise from last season, as far as Koeman is concerned, can be pinpointed too hedging their bets on Giroud 12 months ago.

This summer the club must be more fluid in the transfer market.

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