Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson had established themselves as the best full-back pair last season. However, the players have seen their fortunes turn along with the club. Their performances have gone down a certain notch.
Although both players did suffer injuries this season for Liverpool. The problem for Trent is that he set a level so high last season that this season in spite of doing pretty well it feels as if it was a bad season for him. Liverpool’s form has also a big role in all of this.
Arnold had previously featured for England too, many poised him for one of England’s highly-rated youngsters. This season the player endured a rough patch of games which had probably cost him his spot in the England national team.
However, the right-back was superb in Liverpool’s 3-0 win against Arsenal. Liverpool manager was one of many people who questioned Gareth Southgate’s decision of not going with Alexander Arnold.
Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool firmly believes that Trent is one of the best there is at his position. However many are of the opinion that the full-back needs to focus more on his defensive efforts. England have very tight competition at the right-back spot.
They have to choose between the likes of Reece James, Kyle Walker, Alexander=Arnold and Kieran Trippier. According to former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor when you look at it defensively Trent’s not the best option for England.
Alexander-Arnold needs to focus on his defense? Varying opinions from experts
There have been discussions on this topic from former greats of the game. Some are of the opinion that Southgate’s making a mistake while others believe that he might just be right. The likes of Alan Shearer and Gary Linekar are calling for him to get a recall.
On the other hand, Gary Neville and Gabriel Agbonlahor are of the opinion that Southgate’s made the right decision. This was Agbonlahor’s statement as per reports from Talksport.
“He hasn’t been at his best, but he is still a great footballer,” Agbonlahor said of Alexander-Arnold. “Trent Alexander-Arnold is very good going forward, but not as good defensive-wise.
“If Trent Alexander-Arnold played in the three games England played in last time they met up, he would have had outstanding games. “But would you want him playing right-back if you’re getting to the latter stages against a Portugal or a France when the better players come in?
“Or, do you want a Kyle Walker? A quicker right-back, or a Reece James who is better at defending? So it’s tough and I think everyone is going to be split on it.” Agbonlahor’s comments describe Gareth Southgate’s situation perfectly.
Among all the options Kyle Walker is the one who has a specific advantage. He can slot in both the full-back role as well as centre-back should England go with a back three. This could be the one very reason Alexander-Arnold may have to miss out on the Euro 2021 and World Cup 2022.