Trent Alexander-Arnold endured a difficult night as Liverpool were beaten by Serie A giants Napoli in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.
After a 100% to the season, Liverpool have now failed to win in three successive games in all competitions. And while those matches were against Chelsea, Chelsea again and Napoli, it seems a recent blip in form has some fans worried.
Though it wasn’t just the result in Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Napoli, a 1-0 defeat sealed by a late Lorenzo Insigne winner, but the performance that left supporters frustrated.
Jurgen Klopp’s usually free-flowing and exciting side were shackled brilliantly by Carlo Ancelotti’s Italians, failing to produce a single shot on target throughout 90 minutes before being almost entirely dominated in the second half at the Stadio San Paolo.
And one man in particular endured a difficult night in Southern Italy. Trent Alexander-Arnold has not had many off-days since he exploded onto the scene but he certainly struggled in midweek.
It is easy to forget that the right-back is just 19 years of age at times but the Liverpool-born wonderkid showed a few moments of naivety against Napoli, being caught out of position on a number of occasions while failing to produce quality deliveries at the other end.
Alexander-Arnold has been a revelation at Anfield, however, so it would be unfair to describe his Napoli display as anything other than a rare blip from a young and still inexperienced player. His critics would do well to remember that.
Alexander-Arnold really needs to work on his crossing
— Olé (@Ole_LFC) October 3, 2018
Said this for a long time, people still living off one or two crosses, he’s awful, just uses power and dip so people think it’s better, he’s so wasteful.
— Jamie Funnell (@funnell_jamie) October 3, 2018
Alexander Arnold is poor and is ultimately the weak link
— king ox (@OxladeTheGoat) October 3, 2018
Performance was poor, napoli had a better game and prepared to play LFC. Alexander Arnold had a shocker looks very tired, time for a rest?
— John Paul Hendrick (@hendrickjp) October 4, 2018
Woeful from them men in red tonight. Alexander Arnold’s worst ever performance in a Liverpool shirt. Deserved to lose about 4-0, and if we play like that on Sunday, that’s the result it will be against City ♂️
— dec (@declankerr189) October 3, 2018
Cause Trent Alexander Arnold is 19 and a scouser fans choose to absolve him of his responsibilities.
— Ticure (@Ticure1) October 4, 2018
Totally agree. Napoli deserve that goal, worst I’ve seen Alexander arnold play since the United game last year. Hopefully we turn up Sunday
— callum_ hemming (@callumhemming1) October 3, 2018
Alexander Arnold stinking the whole of Naples out here
— Dom (@Dom3858) October 3, 2018
Trent Alexander Arnold also looking like Liveepool’s weakest link with every passing game
— Akio Fernandes (@BlueWolf_69) October 3, 2018