BBC pundit Stephen Warnock has claimed that Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold wasn’t quite at the races in the Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s team were beaten 1-0 away to Spanish opposition Atletico, who scored within four minutes through Saul Niguez as he pounced from a corner.
It means the Reds have work to do at Anfield in the second leg for the last-16 Champions League fixture.
The Merseyside outfit spent most of the game controlling the ball, but they didn’t create too many clear goalscoring opportunities and a close-knit Atletico formation proved too tough to break through.
Warnock, who is a former Liverpool defender, claims that Alexander-Arnold struggled individually to recapture the same kind of brilliant form he’s shown for much of this season.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold was another player who did not produce the quality we know he can, and his deliveries were disappointing,” Warnock said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“We saw a couple of his early crosses go over the bar from open play and, even in dead-ball situations, he too often failed to beat the first defender.”
It was a rare bad night for Alexander-Arnold on Tuesday, but he’s too good a player to let it impact him and he will be crucial in the second leg at Anfield.
The 21-year-old right-back received so much possession against Atletico like he usually does in game and for once his delivery into the box was consistently poor.
He struggled with crosses from open play, as well as failing with several set-pieces.
The England international can swiftly brush it under the carpet and he’s still one of the best creators around, with 12 assists in 36 games across all competitions this season.