Liverpool’s unbeaten home record came to an end on Thursday night as they were beaten in the Premier League by Burnley, in what was another extremely disappointing performance by Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Reds remain without a goal in the league in 2021 and have now failed to find the back of the net in their last four top-flight fixtures against Newcastle, Southampton, Manchester United and Burnley respectively.
Whilst a lot of fingers might be pointed at Divock Origi, for the glorious chance he wasted in the first-half, it was perhaps Trent Alexander-Arnold who disappointed most at Anfield.
As per SofaScore, the 22-year-old would lose possession an extraordinary 39 times, which was one more than the 38 times he gave it away at Southampton recently, meaning he has set a new unwanted record in the Premier League this season.
Although the website handed the England international a 7.2 rating, which was the third-best of any Liverpool player on the night, it is difficult to see why, as he was far from good enough going forwards or defensively.
The academy graduate was dribbled past twice and would win just one out of four of his ground duels during the game, with Burnley winger Dwight McNeil beating him far too easily down the left-hand side on a couple of occasions.
Perhaps most disappointingly, Alexander-Arnold would attempt 22 crosses against Sean Dyche’s side, and only one was accurate.
Whilst this could be down to the baffling tactics Liverpool had of playing to Burnley’s strengths by sending hopeful crosses into the box, it was still poor that the right-back was so wasteful when given the opportunity to create, especially as he was often afforded a lot of space on the right-hand side.
Unfortunately, this now seems to be a running problem for the Reds, as against Manchester United last weekend, he would attempt 10 crosses, and none of them would find a Liverpool shirt.
Last season saw the £99 million-rated defender contribute an impressive 13 assists in the Premier League but as we approach the half-way stage of this season, he has managed just two, suggesting that the quality of his crosses has definitely declined this season.
Considering opposite full-back Andrew Robertson would attempt just six crosses against Burnley, it seems clear that it was part of Klopp’s tactics to give the ball to Alexander-Arnold during the game, however, he would end up letting the German manager, as well as the fans, down with his wasteful display.