‘Please NEVER play him at right back’: Liverpool fans savage ‘just AWFUL’ Trent Alexander-Arnold after torrid display in 3-3 draw with Brighton and claim his confidence is ‘at an all-time low’ – after Jurgen Klopp said he ‘doesn’t always defend good’
- Trent Alexander-Arnold’s performance against Brighton was mauled on Twitter
- The defender was recently criticised for performance, and snubbed by England
- The 23-year-old was at fault for Leandro Trossard’s opening goal for the Seagulls
- Some said he was played out of position, while others questioned his ability
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s performance in Liverpool’s Premier League eventful clash with Brighton has come under criticism from some fans on Twitter.
It follows on from Jurgen Klopp saying the 23-year-old is ‘not a good defender’, in the build-up to the 3-3 draw, and after his omission from recent England matches in favour of Chelsea’s Reece James.
Alexander-Arnold was in Liverpool’s starting 11 for the Brighton match, and they went two nil down in the first half. Whilst the Reds did turn it around to lead at one point, they were pegged back when Brighton’s Leandro Trossard scored his hattrick goal with seven minutes to play.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Never, please never play Trent Alexander-Arnold at RB. He’s our [Jude] Bellingham. He’s the midfielder we need so bad. TAA is one of’s best player but he’s far, far away from a defender. Awful. It’s expected, who’d like to see Thiago play RB? [Mo] Salah play LB?’
‘Alexander-Arnold was brutal all day! His head’s gone, confidence at an all time low. How many times does he let players run off his shoulder without him seeing it?’ wrote another Liverpool fan.
Trent Alexander-Arnold played all 90 minutes of Liverpool’s 3-3 draw at home to Brighton
There was widespread criticism of Alexander-Arnold’s performance across Twitter users
Alexander-Arnold’s misplaced header, and then an unfortunate slip, opened the door for Trossard to get the opener fpr the Seagulls within just four minutes.
In response to that goal, someone wrote: ‘Klopp defended Trent just for him to come and do this next game’, and another responded, ‘Just awful from 3 red shirts here. Trent not getting ball side of his man, the other 2 liverpool defenders letting Brighton re-possess. Pitiful.’
He was not the only defender to come under scrutiny in the eventful draw, with Jordan Henderson also drawing ire. ‘The decision making of Trent is awful lately and Henderson man,’ one fan wrote.
Twitter was not kind on Alexander-Arnold, particularly his involvement in Brighton’s opener
One Twitter user added: ‘Trent’s defending is just awful to watch’, while someone else commented to say ‘i spent 4 weeks defending trent just for him to drop this performance’, alongside a gif of a laughing Jose Mourinho.
Another also took their cue from the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ when they wrote: ‘I’m not defending Trent anymore, refuse to do it. If I speak I’m in big big trouble’.
Fans were quick to use Jose Mourinho pictures and references to sum up their feelings
Chelsea’s Reece James was preferred to Alexander-Arnold when England took on Germany
Fans were quick to pick up on the Liverpool full-back’s performance, especially following the debate about him being left out of England in favour of James.
One tweet read: ‘I’m glad the whole world can now see Trent Alexander Arnold awful defending, Reece James is clear.’ Another said: ‘daily reminder : Reece James a miles better than Trent’.
The situation was summed up rather concisely in one tweet which said: ‘The Reece James vs Trent Alexander-Arnold comparisons are over. Reece James is better’.
The Brighton game followed on a patch of rocky domestic form, which saw Alexander-Arnold overlooked by Gareth Southgate for England’s Nations League fixtures last week.
The comparisons between Alexander-Arnold and Chelsea’s Reece James were also mentioned
Jurgen Klopp had previously insisted Alexander-Arnold is ‘world class’ despite his recent form
Speaking to reporters before the match, as reported previously by Mailsport, Klopp said: ‘Yes, there are other situations where he was not aware (enough) or there was a challenge he should have won — true.
‘He is a good defender, he doesn’t always defend good, that is true as well, but that is what we’re working on, he is a young player, he is 23.
‘But every player in the league has these challenges. But with him? Every time it is picked up and analysed, all the experts are saying this is a weakness.
‘Honestly, I just don’t get it. I just don’t get that part of it. A world-class talent gets judged by the one thing he is not as world class at as the other things. If he was not a good defender, he would not play. I cannot just tell him, “If we get the ball, you wait there!”’
Liverpool’s turnaround is a quick one, with Rangers travelling to Anfield in the Champions League on Tuesday, before a Premier League trip to Arsenal next Sunday.