Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp must hold a conversation with Trent Alexander-Arnold about his positional play in order to improve his defending, claims one pundit.
Alexander-Arnold has emerged as one of many scapegoats for the Reds‘ poor form in recent weeks.
The right-back gave the ball away 38 times in the 1-0 loss at Southampton, a Premier League record this season.
What’s more, Jamie Carragher criticised his crossing – which has served Liverpool so well – after Thursday’s defeat to Burnley.
But the England international’s defensive capabilities have also faced questioning, with Steve Nicol pointing out that side of his game as a major flaw.
Speaking to Stadium Astro, Dominic Matteo compounded his fellow ex-Red’s message when asked if Alexander-Arnold should make way.
“I don’t think Trent has been poor enough to be left out,” Matteo said.
“Neco Williams is a good young player and he’s had some opportunities. He will get more opportunities, but Trent is a good player. It’s just a conversation about his positional play.
“I think Trent is probably one of the best full-backs in world football – the awards he has won and everything he has achieved. But, I still think there is a place for him to improve on his defending.
“If that is where you are going to play, as a right-back, then you have to be able to defend as well.”
However, Alexander-Arnold is not the only Liverpool star facing criticism for their poor form.
Souness slams Origi
Klopp switched up his front three against the Clarets, deploying Divock Origi in the striker’s role.
But while Liverpool did not create a host of clear-cut chances, the Belgian should have finished one. A mistake allowed him to go one-on-one with goalkeeper Nick Pope before Origi hit the bar.
Graeme Souness did not feel surprised at the forward’s lack of finishing touch.