Liverpool news TAA sent England message as pundits clash & Klopp speaks out PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - There’s certainly stiff competition for Alexander-Arnold’s position in the England squad - but is it strong enough to ensure that the Liverpool defender should be left out?
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! There is no definitive way to determine the quality of a player, as every football manager, pundit and supporter will have a slightly different opinion in the vast majority of cases. You could look at goals and assists for attacking players but for defenders it’s often harder to gauge their importance and what they’ve achieved. Still, it seems reasonable to state that a player who has won the Premier League and Champions League as well as appearing in the PFA Team of the Year for the last two seasons while also being nominated for the Ballon d’Or must be doing something right. Yet some players with this kind of CV can’t always make it into their country’s national team squad, as has been recently proved with the case of Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Liverpool right-back was omitted from England duty for the most recent international break, a move which took many people by surprise. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now The Three Lions’ manager Gareth Southgate explained his decision by stating that Alexander-Arnold had struggled in the England squad this season, and hadn’t been at his best for Liverpool either. “I don’t think that Trent has played at the level that he found in the last couple of years but he’s getting very close to that now,” he said. “In the last couple of weeks, he’s definitely taken steps in the right direction. It’s simply that we think Reece James and Kieran Trippier have had exceptional seasons with their clubs. Kyle Walker is in great form too,” Southgate added. There’s certainly stiff competition for Alexander-Arnold’s position in the England squad. But is it strong enough to ensure that the Reds’ number 66 should be left out? Read More Related Articles Every known Liverpool player agent as contract negotiations take centre stage Read More Related Articles Michael Edwards' best transfer deals for Liverpool and how they're faring now Jurgen Klopp doesn’t think so. The Liverpool manager was asked about his opinion on his player’s international omission in the press conference ahead of his team’s recent victory over Arsenal. “If Trent Alexander-Arnold is not in the squad of England then England must have an extremely good squad, let me say it like this,” he said. “I respect the decision, of course I do, but I didn’t understand it.” The match with the Gunners only highlighted what Alexander-Arnold brings to a team, as he assisted the opening goal for Diogo Jota, and created three other opportunities including a clear-cut chance for Sadio Mane. Across the whole weekend of Premier League football no player set up more chances than Trent did either, so it was inevitable that his international exile would be discussed on Monday Night Football. Sign up for daily Liverpool news Get all the latest Liverpool breaking news, team news, transfer rumours, injury updates plus analysis of what's next for the Reds.
News source = PremierLeague-News.Com
. "I think the reason he won't take him is because he's there to win a tournament - he will trust the players like Walker, Trippier in a back three or with a wing-back, maybe James because he has more power and strength to handle an Mbappe or Ronaldo. I don't think he will take him,” said Neville. The former Manchester United full-back also noted that Alexander-Arnold “has to become more serious about his defending,” and highlighted some goals which Liverpool have conceded from his side of the penalty area. Unsurprisingly Carragher fought the corner of a fellow Liverpool man, and had no doubt when asked if he’d pick Alexander-Arnold for England.
Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal
(Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
“He's a unique talent. He's not the same as any other full-back. Most full-backs, even the attacking ones, the greatest ones going forward...it is up and down in a straight line,” Carragher said. “He's a playmaker. I've said he's Kevin De Bruyne playing right-back. That's what he is. He's different,” added the former Liverpool defender. The debate will no doubt continue until Southgate selects his squad for the summer tournament, and if he doesn’t include Alexander-Arnold then it will rumble on for even longer. All the player can do is continue to display the form he showed at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, and see where it takes him. If nothing else, Liverpool fans will be delighted with that sort of performance on a regular basis from their young right-back.
The Liverpool players at a crucial career crossroads this summer
Liverpool must revisit their Gini Wijnaldum blueprint to solve transfer problem
Source = PremierLeague-News.Com