Pundit urges misfiring Liverpool star to seek legend’s counsel

Date published: Saturday 23rd January 2021 12:39 - Neil Foster

Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold TEAMtalk

Jamie Carragher feels Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold should speak to club legend Steven Gerrard to address his dip in form.

Alexander-Arnold has been a regular in the Reds side since making his debut as a teenager in October 2016. His displays at right-back have helped the Merseysiders win both the Premier League and Champions League.

The Liverpool-born ace has won 12 England caps and is thought of as one of the best players around. However, he has struggled to maintain his previous high standards in 2020-2021.

His dip in form has coincided with Liverpool’s slide. Jurgen Klopp’s men are now fourth in the table after a run of three points from five games.

The defence of their title is under serious threat. The German tactician needs his top stars performing at their best. And, with that in mind, Carragher feels the youngster should have a chat with the Rangers chief.

“We too easily forget that Trent Alexander-Arnold is only 22,” Carragher wrote in his column for the Telegraph. “Trent could do worse than share a private call with Steven Gerrard.

“I remember well how Stevie overcame a slight dip after his first initial breakthrough into the first team, guided back to his best. It happens.”

Defender crisis needs addressing

The loss of Virgil van Dijk has been a critical factor in Liverpool’s stuttering season. The Netherlands international will miss most of the campaign after undergoing knee surgery.

Other members of the club’s rearguard have also been crocked, with Joe Gomez absent. Joel Matip returned to face Burnley as the Anfield giants crashed to their first home defeat in 68 games on Thursday.

It was thought they would bring in a new centre-back this month to cover for Van Dijk. But nothing has happened and it seems as though Klopp will make do with what he has.

Virgil van Dijk TEAMtalk

Carragher feels it is the wrong decision and slammed the club’s hierarchy for failing to act.

“I believe the club’s response should have been activated on October 19, the day Virgil van Dijk’s cruciate knee operation was confirmed,” he added. “Hindsight is unnecessary. I said then I did not think Liverpool could win the league unless they had a new centre-back in place on January 1.

“They needed one before Joe Gomez was injured. His and Joel Matip’s appearance record was informative of that.

“Frankly, it is preposterous that three months on and with the transfer window now open, Klopp felt compelled to use Jordan Henderson in the position against Manchester United.”

 

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