'Not playing great': Sam Allardyce says £180k-a-week Liverpool player is so out of form right now
Their hopes of winning the Premier League are already over, and it may even be a push to finish in the top four.
There have been a number of players who Jurgen Klopp hasn’t seen the best of this season.
Jamie Carragher was unimpressed with Joe Gomez against Leeds and he was subsequently dropped.
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.
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.
“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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