Robbie Fowler makes Trent Alexander-Arnold claim
Robbie Fowler has told the Sunday Mirror (30/5; page 69) that it is madness what he keeps hearing about Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Alexander-Arnold’s form has been a talking point throughout the past campaign.
The 22-year-old has arguably come in for more criticism than at any other stage in his career. His form did experience a dip amid all of the problems that Jurgen Klopp’s men have had to deal with this season.
However, the right-back was outstanding as the campaign edged towards its conclusion. He provided more than a couple of reminders of why many will insist that he is the best right-back available to England this summer.
After missing out on the previous squad, Alexander-Arnold was recalled by Gareth Southgate this week.
The youngster has been included in his 33-man provisional squad for Euro 2020.
England look to be incredibly strong at right-back. And that has left some wondering if the Reds starlet will be one of the seven cut from the final squad.
But Fowler has insisted that there is no way that Alexander-Arnold can be left out.
“I keep hearing that he could miss out on the final squad. That’s madness. You’d take him for his delivery alone. He’s one of the best in the world. Set-pieces and crosses will be so important,” he told the Sunday Mirror (30/5; page 69).
“And the best teams want full-backs to provide the sort of attacking option he does.”
Fowler is right; Alexander-Arnold must make final squad
Looking at the provisional squad, it would arguably not be a huge surprise if Alexander-Arnold was one of those cut from the final group.
Reece James has been outstanding, and was colossal in Saturday’s Champions League final.
Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier meanwhile, seem to be favourites of Southgate’s. And of course, Alexander-Arnold was left out during the last break.
But Fowler is surely right; Alexander-Arnold has to go this summer.
It is simply lazy to criticise his defending. Of course, any player as good as he is going forward cannot possibly be as strong at the other end of the field.
But the quality of his defensive work goes completely under the radar, and Southgate will be making a big mistake if he decides to leave him out.