'Not playing great': Sam Allardyce says £180k-a-week Liverpool player is so out of form right now
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'Not playing great': Sam Allardyce says £180k-a-week Liverpool player is so out of form right now

Liverpool will be hoping they can return to their best after the World Cup break, after a shaky start to the season.

Their hopes of winning the Premier League are already over, and it may even be a push to finish in the top four.

Speaking on the No Tippy Tappy Football podcast, Sam Allardyce highlighted one player in particular he thinks has struggled.

There have been a number of players who Jurgen Klopp hasn’t seen the best of this season.

Thiago’s work-rate in the middle of the park has been questioned at times.

Jamie Carragher was unimpressed with Joe Gomez against Leeds and he was subsequently dropped.

Even the ever-reliable Virgil van Dijk hasn’t been immune to criticism this season.

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However, Allardyce has now said that Trent Alexander-Arnold’s recent performances have worried him, and he’s seriously out of form.

Alexander-Arnold has been one of the most discussed players in the league this season.

His defensive qualities have also been questioned, but going forward he’s one of the world’s best full-backs.

However, he’s yet to provide an assist this season, although he has three goals in all competitions.

Alexander-Arnold is seriously out of form

Allardyce was discussing England’s right-back options at the World Cup in Qatar.

Injuries to Reece James and Kyle Walker could hand Alexander-Arnold a place in the squad.

He’s never been one of Gareth Southgate’s favourites, and faces some stiff competition.

The £180k-a-week defender theoretically should fit into Southgate’s system as a marauding wing-back.

However, it’s never quite panned out like that for Alexander-Arnold in an England shirt.

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Allardyce now believes that Alexander-Arnold is too out of form to be one of Southgate’s top two right-back options.

“If they’re all fit, I have to go for how are they playing now,” Allardyce said.

“So, Trent’s not playing great right now, I love him, I think he’s an unbelievable footballer, but nobody’s taught him how to defend yet.

“It’s nowhere near as important as in our day, because in our day it was the most important thing first, defending, and now it’s second-most important.

“So, I’ve got [Reece] James and [Kieran] Trippier at the minute as one and two [in the right-back spot] for me.”

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