Liverpool defender slammed after being ‘taken to cleaners’ at Watford

Date published: Tuesday 3rd March 2020 8:27 - Jonny Whitfield

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Lee Dixon has said that Trent Alexander-Arnold played his “worst” game in a Liverpool shirt in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Watford.

The Reds’ 44-match Premier League unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end at Vicarage Road with Senegal international Ismaila Sarr’s brace inspiring the Hornets to a stunning victory.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side looked off the pace, with centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren looking shaky and the midfield and front three struggling to create openings.

Speaking to Premier League Productions, former Arsenal full-back Dixon provided a simple assessment of right-back Alexander-Arnold’s performance.

Alexander-Arnold, that was probably the worst game I’ve seen him from a reading-the-game point of view,” the pundit said.

“He nearly gets to Troy Deeney but he gives the ball away and normally you would see that little snap.

“Liverpool played quite a high line, their pressure on the ball from midfield wasn’t their normal intensity.

“I think Jordan Henderson was a miss, he gives them that little bit extra. And I think because of that they got balls in behind Liverpool and Liverpool were just off.

“Every single player will look at that result and go ‘I was off today’ and when the team you’re playing against are so on, there was an upset.



“You could sense it in the air, as soon as the game started [Gerard] Deulofeu took Alexander-Arnold in the first 20 minutes to the cleaners.”

Liverpool remain the clear favourites to lift their first league title in 30 years, needing four wins from their final 10 games to clinch top spot.

In other news, the full details of Liverpool‘s hunt for a back-up goalkeeper last summer have reportedly been revealed.

After Simon Mignolet’s departure to Club Brugge, the Reds were keen to sign a deputy for Alisson Becker, with former West Ham stopper Adrian eventually brought in.

However, a report has claimed that Liverpool attempted to sign a Turkish goalkeeper before moving for the Spaniard.

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