'He just jogs': Pundit says Liverpool have a player who expects others to 'mop up his mess'
Another weekend of misery for Liverpool and another weekend of Trent Alexander-Arnold being under the spotlight.
The right-back was left out by England over the break and endured another poor weekend in the Premier League as Brighton scored three at Anfield to take a point. For Jurgen Klopp, there was yet more questions asked of his attacking full-back, who was caught out more than once yesterday.
And according to former Manchester United man, Lee Sharpe, Trent’s form needs addressing by Klopp due to teams singling him out from now on.
“You should run back towards the goal whenever there’s trouble. Whenever the ball goes past Trent Alexander-Arnold, he doesn’t bust a gut to get back in to a defensive position,” Sharpe said on Stadium Astro.
“He just jogs back and expects the rest of the team to mop up his mess. It’s something that needs addressing, for Klopp and for Trent himself. Teams will single him out and it will cause Liverpool problems.”
For Alexander-Arnold, it feels like a massive moment in his young career. Gone are all the plaudits he’s received in recent times and now people are simply focussing on the negatives. His World Cup place looks in real danger and Jurgen Klopp now faces a big call on whether to keep him involved or not.
TBR’s View: Alexander-Arnold Critics Justified
The run of poor form from Alexander-Arnold has gone on too long that it can’t just simply be the odd one-off game or lapse in concentration.
Others in the Liverpool XI are playing poorly as well but it’s clear to see that teams are looking at Liverpool’s right side and looking to exploit it. Just like Brighton did yesterday.
Trent now needs taking out of the XI, or he needs a sharp turnaround in form to address the critics who, right now, look to have a point.