Garth Crooks hails Alexander-Arnold and Robertson following Liverpool triumph over Watford

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has praised the performances of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson following Liverpool’s victory over Watford.

What did he say?

Pressure was on Jurgen Klopp and his team’s shoulders heading to Vicarage Road following the international break.

The Merseyside outfit are hot on the heels of Premier League leaders Manchester City and they managed to maintain their unbeaten run with a 3-0 victory over Watford.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring, Alexander-Arnold netted a free kick and Roberto Firmino ended his goal drought.

As part of Crooks’s BBC Team of the Week, he labelled Robertson and Alexander-Arnold as “absolutely brilliant”.

“The most inexperienced lad on the pitch stepped up, assessed the situation like a veteran and proceeded to leave Ben Foster in the Watford goal rooted to the spot and staring at the ball as it flew past him. Absolutely brilliant.

“The full-back went on to cause Watford all kinds of problems going forward. It was Robertson’s tenacity and eventual cross that finally killed the Hornets off completely. With Alexander-Arnold on one side and Robertson on the other, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen two such impressive young full-backs in the same team.

Is the praise warranted?

Crooks is sometimes guilty of being overenthusiastic when analysing the performances of individual players.

On this occasion, Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have certainly become integral members of Klopp’s team.

Last season, Alexander-Arnold came of age by putting in some decent performances, particularly in the Champions League against the likes of Roma, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

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Robertson took time to find his feet following his move to Anfield from Hull City, but he has firmly snatched Alberto Moreno’s first-team spot.

Earlier in the campaign, Alexander-Arnold struggled for form, which resulted in Joe Gomez taking his place at right-back for a few games.

The England international was back to his best against Watford, but he needs to show it on a consistent basis from now on.