Martin Keown has criticised the contribution of Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson to Kosovo’s second goal against England on Tuesday.
As per the Daily Mail, Keown said the right back didn’t work hard enough to get back in and his captain at club level didn’t cover him well.
He said: “In the 49th minute, Rice gave the ball away in midfield. At that moment, Trent Alexander-Arnold was 15 yards inside the opposition half. Jordan Henderson ran to cover, and Alexander-Arnold slowed down into a jog. Wrong move.
“Henderson did a poor job of filling in for the full back. The ball floated over his head, and Kosovo scored. As a defender, you cannot rely on a midfielder to do your job for you. You have to run back as quickly as you ran forward.”
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At 5-1 up in the second half of a game when Liverpool have a match against Newcastle this weekend, it’s understandable that Alexander-Arnold and Henderson may have taken their foot off the gas.
But that doesn’t make it acceptable for Gareth Southgate, he knows his side cannot afford to be that sloppy against better sides.
Reds fans will likely love Alexander-Arnold for saving himself for club duty and back Henderson to cover more effectively in a Liverpool shirt – but Keown is right to say that both men did a poor job on preventing the goal.