Former Man City defender Micah Richards has defended Trent Alexander-Arnold, after hearing of the Liverpool star’s omission from England’s latest squad.
The right-back has been a sensational performer for the Reds for a number of years now, almost redefining his role and providing endless quality from out wide.
At just 22, Alexander-Arnold is already a Premier League champion and a Champions League winner, also winning 12 caps for England.
After a slight dip in form this season, however, Gareth Southgate has dropped the youngster from his squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
It is a decision that has left many baffled, especially as both Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier haven’t been regulars for their respective teams this season.
Richards sticks up for Trent
Liverpool and City may have a fierce rivalry these days, but someone who has stuck up for Alexander-Arnold is former Citizen right-back Richards.
Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the pundit bemoaned Southgate’s decision to drop him, highlighting his quality:
— Subhankar Mondal (@subhankarjourno) March 19, 2021
Transfer Tavern take
Southgate’s decision makes little sense, especially as Alexander-Arnold’s form for Liverpool has actually been good recently.
It feels a little like he has been singled out when others often make England squads regardless of their form, and the hope is that it fires the Reds superstar up between now and the end of the season.
From a selfish Liverpool perspective, Alexander-Arnold will now enjoy a much-needed rest in the coming weeks, which can only be a good thing.
In other news, Liverpool fans are keen for the Reds to sign one Bundesliga star, but it’s not Erling Haaland. Read about it here.
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