Trent Alexander-Arnold's disappointing form continued today as Liverpool conceded a late equalizer to draw 3-3 with Brighton at Anfield.
It was another disappointing performance by the 23-year-old, as Liverpool dropped further points and have only win two Premier League games this season.
Two goals in seventeen minutes from Leandro Trossard put Brighton 2-0 ahead in Anfield in new manager Roberto De Zerbi’s first game in charge.
Two goals from Roberto Firmino either side of half time brought Liverpool level, and they looked to be heading to victory when Adam Webster’s own goal put them ahead.
However, Trossard completed his hat-trick in the 83rd minute to leave Liverpool 11 points off Arsenal at the top of the league.
The attention was once again on Trent Alexander Arnold, following another poor defensive display that has cost Liverpool. He was at fault for Brighton's opening two goals, and never looked comfortable all afternoon.
Fans are beginning to lose patience with his displays.
Every time Liverpool play this season, it becomes more and more clear why Gareth Southgate does not pick Trent Alexander Arnold at right-back!
— Ashwin Muralidharan (@AshwinMNair10) October 1, 2022
As much as he insists otherwise, Jurgen Klopp has a big problem with Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Can't really argue with Gareth Southgate at the moment either.
— Jack Lusby (@LusbyJack) October 1, 2022
Meanwhile, the Liverpool Echo gave him a 3/10 rating.
Unfortunate slip for the first goal but gave the ball away due to lack of awareness for the second. Efforts to improve often made things worse, but swung in corner for third goal.
Meanwhile Ian Doyle of the Echo wondered aloud if TAA's place in the Liverpool starting XI is safe.
While he is one of the best crossers in world football, Alexander-Arnold’s form this season has been under the spotlight, with defensive lapses leading to goals this season.
This has seen the right back left out of England’s Nations League games in September, as he looks set to miss out on selection for the World Cup in Qatar.
The risk has often outweighed the award when it comes to Alexander-Arnold. At the end of every season, he is always at the top of the assists charts, and Liverpool wouldn't have won the trophies they have without him.
Speaking on Alexander-Arnold's form yesterday, Jurgen Klopp gave a robust defense of his right bakc. He explained why he may get caught out at times in Liverpool, but questioned why it's always him singled out in the media.
🎙 "Do we just accept that a world class talent gets judged by the one thing he's not as world class as?"
Klopp reacts to criticism of Trent Alexander-Arnold and says if he wasn't a good defender 'he wouldn't play'. pic.twitter.com/uc2HDXXEaq
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 1, 2022
"If we do a high press, very often but not always, Trent is the highest in all of the three in the back, so it means in the high press situation he's the one who goes to the right.
That's the way we play football. Now you can say yeah defend better, you cannot have everything.
If you want to high press you need players in certain positions. We win the ball in 9 out of 10 times, but in the one moment we don't win it, people ask where's Trent?"