Pundit tips Klopp to hold crucial chat with Liverpool star as concerns mount

Date published: Friday 22nd January 2021 6:04 - Jonny Whitfield

Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool

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

Divock Origi miss v Burnley

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.

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