Trent Alexander Arnold puts in disasterclass as Liverpool’s dismal season continues
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Trent Alexander Arnold’s performance was put under the microscope again as Liverpool dropped further points against Brighton at Anfield on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side produced yet another lethargic display as they found themselves 2-0 down against the Seagulls in the 17th minute after a brace from Leandro Trossard.
Roberto Firmino pulled one back in the 33rd minute to give Liverpool hope.
In the second half, Firmino scored his second as Liverpool came back to 2-2. They eventually went ahead after an own goal from Adam Webster.
However, the Reds’ defensive fragility reared its ugly head again as Trossard completed his hat trick in the 83rd minute after finishing a fine move to make it 3-3.
Alexander Arnold had an afternoon to forget as he was targeted by Brighton from start to finish.
Trent Alexander-Arnold vs Brighton | GOAT RB at 23? pic.twitter.com/Iy8erQboDM— jmnd 🇳🇬 (@JMNDComps) October 1, 2022
Trossard floored the England international with a neat piece of footwork for the first goal.
For the visitors’ second goal, Alexander Arnold lost the ball after failing to spot Danny Welbeck, who nicked the ball away from the right back to set his team away on the attack.
To round off a horrible afternoon, Alexander Arnold was helpless as Brighton overloaded their left side and the Liverpool man failed to stop the cross that found Trossard at the far post for the third goal.
However, Alexander Arnold could have been the hero but his free kick in stoppage time was wonderfully saved by Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.
The 23-year-old was visibly frustrated as he saw his goal bound effort tipped wide by the Spaniard.
It has been an extremely difficult season so far for Alexander Arnold as he has constantly been scrutinised for his performances in a Liverpool side that have been performing way below par.
Alexander Arnold's offensive capabilities would often get him out of trouble but even his attacking influence has diminished this season. A worrying sight for Liverpool fans and also England fans as his place in the World Cup squad is under serious threat.
The draw leaves Liverpool ninth in the Premier League table, the Anfield club have only collected 10 points from a possible 21, and are 11 points off first placed Arsenal.
Klopp said after the match: “Not a score we wanted, but fair. Being 2-0 down, there are different stories to tell. Coming back and being 3-2 up is a nice story, with a difficult start, obviously.
“Throwing it away and it being 3-3 is not a nice story. For sure that is what Brighton deserved. We had moments, but we didn't play a particularly good game.”
Next up for Klopp and his men will be a Champions League tie against Rangers before they travel to the Emirates stadium to face high flying Arsenal.