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Liverpool: Dan Bardell criticises Trent Alexander-Arnold

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Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold caused his team ‘all sorts of problems’ against Brighton on Saturday, according to journalist Dan Bardell.

The lowdown

The Reds fell 2-0 behind in the first half before a Roberto Firmino brace either side of the interval restored parity. An Adam Webster own goal completed the turnaround but Leandro Trossard struck late on to round off his hat-trick and salvage a point for the visitors.

The 23-year-old, who continued his record of starting every Premier League game for Liverpool so far this season, was ‘left on his backside’ by Leandro Trossard for Brighton’s opener, according to journalist Ryan Taylor.

The right-back was also partly culpable for the visitors’ second goal, losing possession to Danny Welbeck in the build-up after trying to control a long pass on his chest.

The latest

Bardell – a presenter, podcast and panelist who appears on The Athletic and Sky Sports News – took to Twitter at half-time to offer his assessment of Alexander-Arnold’s performance.

He argued that the Liverpool defender would be fortunate to see the second half and that he had been the source of many of his team’s issues.

Bardell wrote: “Trent could not have argued if he’d have been hooked before half time here, not a good half at all.

“Such a talent but nowhere near his best here, always been questioned defensively, unjustly in some respects but causing Liverpool all sorts of problems thus far.”

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The verdict

Alexander-Arnold may have felt that he had a point to prove against Roberto De Zerbi’s side after he was snubbed by England manager Gareth Southgate, who called him up to the squad for the Three Lions’ UEFA Nations League matches recently but didn’t award him a minute of game-time.

However, the England coach may actually feel somewhat vindicated by Alexander-Arnold’s struggles this afternoon

In addition to the problems that he encountered in his own final third, the £180,000-per-week right-back wasn’t able to complete any of his six crosses, and neither of his shots found the target (via SofaScore).

A late yellow card compounded a troubling afternoon for Alexander-Arnold and for Liverpool, who now have just two wins from their first seven league games this season.

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