Liverpool were unable to take their chances at St James’ Park as they finished 2020 with a stalemate against Steve Bruce’s side on Wednesday evening.
One man who will have frustrated Jurgen Klopp with his display was Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the Englishman extremely wasteful in possession against the Toon.
The academy graduate has arguably been nowhere near the level he was consistently performing at last season, as he has averaged a 6.81 rating for his performances in the top-flight this season, compared to a far more impressive 7.20 rating across the 2019/20 campaign.
As per SofaScore, during the game against Newcastle, the 22-year-old lost possession on a remarkable 31 occasions, suggesting that he was off the mark with his passing throughout the 90 minutes, although he did play a pass of the season contender across to Andrew Robertson in the first half.
The right-back was heavily involved in the Reds’ build-up play, having 102 touches of the ball during the game, but it was his usually reliable crossing that was perhaps the most disappointing aspect of his game, as he was accurate with just two of his 13 attempted crosses at St James’ Park.
Alexander-Arnold, who was hailed as “out of this world” by Gary Neville earlier this year, was also accurate in just 50% of his long balls, with seven out of 14 finding a Liverpool shirt, which once again emphasises that it wasn’t his night.
The Liverpool Echo seem to agree, as they rated the England international a 5/10 for his performance, suggesting that he struggled defensively and that his deliveries were nowhere near their usual standard.
Whilst Curtis Jones may pick up criticism after a poor midfield display which earned him a 5/10 rating from Liverpool Echo and saw him axed early in the second half, you could definitely argue that it was Alexander-Arnold who was the poorest Liverpool performer against Newcastle.
Unfortunately, Liverpool were unable to break down a stubborn Newcastle defence on Wednesday, which can definitely be attributed to the poor nature of the right-back’s crossing on the evening, so Klopp will be hoping for a lot better from the 22-year-old in the Reds’ next Premier League fixture against Southampton next Monday.
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