Trent Alexander-Arnold came of age last season when he showed no fear against the likes of Roma, Manchester City and Real Madrid in Liverpool’s Champions League campaign.
The 20-year-old looked beyond his years as he justifiably cemented the right-back spot in Jurgen Klopp’s team.
However, this season, and more specifically in his most recent appearances, Alexander-Arnold has looked his age.
The Liverpool-born player’s decision-making has been poor, and defensively he has struggled to cope with the opposition.
The youngster was benched for games against Manchester City and Huddersfield Town, which ended in a draw and victory respectively.
He returned to the line-up for wins over Cardiff and last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal, and also started Tuesday night’s Champions League Group C clash against Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.
Overall, it was a dismal performance from Liverpool, and Alexander-Arnold, in particular, struggled to make his mark.
One of the England international’s attributes is to create quality crosses into the danger area, but against Red Star he failed to produce a single accurate hit.
Alexander-Arnold was relatively anonymous before he was hauled off at half-time, and only Daniel Sturridge had a worse passing accuracy percentage than the right-back over the course of the first 45 minutes.
There is no doubting the youngster’s talent and he is sure to be a key player for Liverpool over the next few years, but it may be best for him to spend some time on the sidelines to avoid burnout.