Liverpool were dealt a shock defeat in the Champions League last night. Two goals from Milan Pavkov gave Red Star a 2-0 win over Jurgen Klopp’s side. The result leaves Liverpool, who won their opening game of the competition against Paris Saint-Germain, now struggling after two away defeats in the competition.
Of course, a lot of the blame was immediately blamed on the fringe players who came in. Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge struggled to have an impact on the game.
However, Liverpool clearly still had a team capable of winning the game.
So it was the performance of some of their first-team regulars that was more frustrating.
A player who has not been at his best recently is Trent Alexander-Arnold. The youngster, who has an incredible season in 2017-18, has struggled to meet the high expectations Liverpool fans now have of him.
The 20-year-old England international neglected his defensive duties and, above all the other players, seemed the most shaken by the imposing atmosphere in the Rajko Mitic Stadium.
He was eventually hauled off for Joe Gomez and perhaps Alexander-Arnold does need a little time out of the first-team after his recent dips in form.
Stick Trent back in the academy
— Kopstar (@Kopstar10) November 6, 2018
What happened to Trent tho? At a point he was our most creative player. Now….
— Irvin (@LfcOkk) November 6, 2018
— Jay Chambers (@JChambersSN) November 6, 2018
Trent is out of form badly. I would have defo started Gomez. Could have rested Sunday if any.
— Ray Warham (@RayWarham) November 6, 2018
TAA passing was bad. Is he suffering burn out? Lallana passing was the worst and he’s far from the current high standards of new squad #LFC #liverpoolfc #lfcfamily #liverpoolcountry pic.twitter.com/0TfRSkO5hk
— Samuel #WeAreLiverpool (@samsgyan) November 7, 2018
Also TAA is not playing well….. Clyne must be having a mare because he is getting no 1st team chance . We are 3rd in the league and top of CL group but I’m flat because I know our performances are not good. We need to stop being so timid and get beck to flooding forward
— The Liverpool Way ❤️YNWA🏆 (@EssexLFC1) November 7, 2018
TAA has looked a bit rusty this season. Don’t know why but he’s showing defensive frailties. Last season his defensive covering and tackling was on point but hasn’t looked the same this season. He looks vulnerable. #LFC #YNWA
— Aarohan Jung Subedi (@musukjung) November 7, 2018
TAA has been underperformed lately. #LFC
— Bon J. (@bonbonbrisbane) November 6, 2018
Genuinely think TAA needs to come out for a few weeks in order to stop his confidence getting battered. Stick Gomez at right back and Dejan next to VVD and that will be solid. Every player hits bad form, but at 19 it can seem like a crisis. Break will do him good #lfc
— Anthony Brennan (@akbrennan89) November 6, 2018
Agreed. Can’t see getting close to last seasons style of play. TAA looks wrecked
— greig donnelly (@gingerinio) November 6, 2018