Liverpool supporters have been reasonably satisfied in recent times after seeing their team maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their encounter with in-form Arsenal having won eight and drawn the other two of their opening ten league games, and thus full of confidence ahead of their visit to the capital. And they made their way back to Merseyside with a point as an Alexandre Lacazette strike cancelled out James Milner’s opener for the visitors to secure a 1-1 draw for Unai Emery’s Gunners, thus instigating Liverpool’s fall to third place in the table following Chelsea’s win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Nevertheless, there have been many happy Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by Jamie Redknapp’s Team of the Week (via The Daily Mail), which includes Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
And while the former again produced a commanding performance in the heart of the Reds backline, England international Alexander-Arnold did not enjoy one of his better displays for the Merseysiders to call into question why Redknapp has included him in his Team of the Week.
The 20-year-old only returned to Klopp’s starting eleven against Cardiff City last week after being benched for their preceding two league encounters, yet he was once again given the nod at right back ahead of compatriot Joe Gomez, who instead played in the centre of defence.
And alongside Dutchman van Dijk, Gomez enjoyed another fine display to help the Reds earn a point from their trip to the Emirates Stadium, yet Alexander-Arnold seriously struggled defensively for much of the evening, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang often getting the better of him to thus cause problems for the Liverpool rearguard.
Yes, the 20-year-old did offer an outlet in attack, but he was too often done for pace and trickery down the right-hand-side by Gabon international Aubameyang – it was something of a mis-match for much of the first half.
As such, it’s quite startling to see him line up in Redknapp’s Team of the Week at right back – there’s at least a few other right backs, namely Seamus Coleman and Pablo Zabaleta, who were significantly more worthy of that spot than the young Englishman.
Yes, Liverpool got out of a very tough game with a hard-earned point, and several of their stars, including van Dijk, put in excellent performances, but Alexander-Arnold was not one of them.
So while van Dijk’s place in Redknapp’s Team of the Week is certainly justified, there is no way teammate Alexander-Arnold should be in that eleven.
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