In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Hull City midfielder Dean Windass has been discussing Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The England international has struggled in his performances this season, having averaged a poor 6.69 rating across his 17 Premier League appearances, and was recently described as “out of sorts” by Tony Cascarino.
The 22-year-old has unfortunately looked nowhere near the player of last season, when he contributed a superb four goals and 13 assists in the top-flight, helping him to an excellent 7.2 average rating.
Whilst the injury that kept him out earlier in the season might be a reason why his form has suffered, his performances in recent games have been far from good enough.
Here’s what Windass had to say about the Liverpool academy graduate when speaking exclusively to FFC:
“He’s come from the academy, he’s been drafted in when [Nathaniel] Clyne left. He gave away the ball [38 times] against Southampton. Jurgen will know that. For me, going forwards – not a problem. When you’re playing for Liverpool, you’re like a winger. Trent is [known for his] distribution.
“His set-pieces, his crosses, his ball into the strikers. [Against Southampton] it just didn’t work for him. It was his fault for the goal but you get that with young kids. Sometimes you’ve got to calm them down a little bit. Step away, come out the team, look to the bench and give him a bit of a breather. He’s going to be a top-quality player for England in the next five or six years.”
After another poor performance against midweek against Burnley, perhaps Jurgen Klopp should heed Windass’ advice and hand Alexander-Arnold a breather in the upcoming games, as if he performs poorly again in Sunday’s game against Manchester United, the German manager will surely have to consider promoting Neco Williams in his place.
The youngster will need to certainly improve on his quality from crossing positions, as the Reds are yet to find the back of the net in the league in 2021, which could well be down to Alexander-Arnold’s disappointing performances.
Despite his superb form in the past, the England international will certainly have to improve his form quickly if he wants to keep his place in Klopp’s side.