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Trent Alexander-Arnold needs ‘taking out of the firing line’ by Jurgen Klopp as jibes from rival fans towards Liverpool defender ‘are working’, with claims Gareth Southgate made ‘right call’ to drop him for England

Jurgen Klopp has been advised to take Trent Alexander-Arnold ‘out of the firing line’ as targeting by rival fans ‘is working’.

Alexander-Arnold followed up a tough international break with England by having a day to forget in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw against Brighton.


Trent had a game to forget

And was left gutted when a late free-kick was tipped wide


And was left gutted when a late free-kick was tipped wide

The right-back was left spun and on the floor by Leandro Trossard for his first of three goals, with the Reds’ defence all over the place throughout the 90 minutes.

The narrative could have been reversed had Alexander-Arnold’s potentially match-winning free kick late on not been tipped round ... by goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, but instead the focus remained on his defensive struggles.

England manager Gareth Southgate called the 23-year-old up for Nations League matches against Italy and Germany, but left him on the bench for the first clash, and out of the matchday squad for the second.

The decision led to a huge media debate with both Southgate and Klopp expressing conflicting views on the defender, which has now added too much pressure according to NaijaOnPoint’s Sam Matterface.

“They’ve conceded the first goal in nine of their last 11 Premier League matches and that’s not just a Trent Alexander-Arnold problem,” Matterface said. 

“He’s a brilliant player but he’s suffering from a severe bout of low confidence, he was dropped by Gareth Southgate this week, not in the matchday squad for the game against Germany. 

Southgate’s treatment of the defender added plenty more pressure


Southgate’s treatment of the defender added plenty more pressure

“Southgate took a lot of criticism for doing that but he was right because ultimately he’s not playing well.

“I wonder if now the extreme attention he gets has affected him. It’s bound to. 

“Every single mistake, every magic moment, every single incident involving that player is pored over by the media, by the Liverpool fans who love him and adore him and can see his great qualities especially going forward, and by rival fans as well to pour scorn on the fact Jurgen Klopp once tagged him the best right-back in the world. 

“He’s being targeted and it’s working, this is a guy who’s having a very bad time and probably needs taking out of the firing line.”

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