Graeme Souness lays into Trent Alexander-Arnold after "stinker"

Graeme Souness has criticised Trent Alexander-Arnold for what he thought to be a poor display in Liverpool’s win over Everton.

The Reds beat Frank Lampard’s men 2-0 at Anfield and even though they managed to earn three points, the Scot laid into the defender for his display.

Souness said on Sky Sports: "I thought Trent had a stinker in the first half and [Anthony] Gordon caused him some problems. When you break it down, it was a case of them not scoring early, but you have to concentrate in 90 minutes in football."

Some agreed with the assessment of the right-back. One wrote: “Alexander Arnold or 'Trent' as he's lovingly known on Sky Sports has been hammered today..”

Another said: “Trent Alexander-Arnold is Liverpool weakest link. Teams always expose his flank.”

A third scathed: “Alexander-Arnold has to be the worst defender at defending in the Premier League. But it’s ok because everyone calls him Trent.”

But others were quick to back the 23-year-old. One wrote: “For the third game in a row, Trent Alexander Arnold has been solid defensively.”

Another said: "Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane are carrying Liverpool in the second half of the season while Alexander Arnold and Salah were superb in the first half of the season , What happens when you have quality players all around the pitch that can step up."

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While someone gushed: “Trent Alexander Arnold is improving with his one on defending. Glad he's gone back to the basics.”

Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp called out the Toffees duo Jordan Pickford and Anthony Gordon following the conclusion of the Premier League clash. It was a testy hour or so for Liverpool but then the German substituted on Luis Diaz and Divock Origi and things started to open up.

Andy Robertson opened the scoring before Origi clinched the three points for the Reds with a goal late on. And speaking to BBC Sport after the match, Klopp took Pickford to task over the amount of time-wasting the goalkeeper was doing.

"We expected it [Everton’s delaying and defensive tactics] but we didn’t react well. It’s difficult. Each ball Jordan Pickford has he takes five minutes so we couldn't gain rhythm which you need to break down a low block. We expected them to do it.

"The amount of wins we've had in recent months is insane. You have to work. The boys did that again. I’m really happy. We stayed really cool and calm. The changes helped, Fresh players, different formation. It made it difficult for the opposition. We won 2-0, it's absolutely fine."

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