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Liverpool star Alexander-Arnold admits his form has dipped this season

The 22-year-old has seen his defensive capabilities called into question as the Reds have struggled in recent weeks

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has admitted his form has dropped off this season from the high standards he has set for himself.

After Liverpool cruised to the title last season they have hit a rough patch in 2020-21, sitting in fourth place after losing 1-0 to Brighton in midweek.

Alexander-Arnold, like his team, has seen his form dip after a blistering start to his Liverpool career.

The bigger picture

Alexander-Arnold has become a hometown hero for the Reds early on in his career, having already helped his team to Champions League and Premier League glory at the age of 22.

The right-back has set the record for the most assists by a defender in a single Premier League season in back-to-back campaigns, breaking his own record last season. 

But Alexander-Arnold has become a target for criticism in 2020-21, with his defensive capabilities in particular being questioned.

What Alexander-Arnold said about his form

When asked by Sky Sports if he was performing to the high standards he has set for himself, the right-back said: “Me? No. 

“There’s been times this season I felt like I’ve been playing quite well. Recently I’ve been trying to get back into that rhythm I was talking about earlier from a personal point of view.

“It’s been a tough reason in that respect in just trying to find that rhythm and get back into it and just letting things happen naturally. It’s been quite difficult. 

“But again there’s no excuses. I want to try to make things happen for the team and perform as well as I can to help us win games and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

What’s next for Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s side face table-topping Manchester City on Sunday in a massive match at Anfield.

Liverpool enter the game seven points back of City, who also have a game in hand over last season’s champions. 

The Reds have lost two matches in a row at Anfield and should they fail to win on Sunday, their hopes of back-to-back titles could be over

Further reading

‘Alexander-Arnold needs to learn how to defend’ – Liverpool full-backs have room for improvement, says Matteo (Jan 22)

Struggling Alexander-Arnold urged to call Liverpool legend Gerrard for advice amid form woes (Jan 23)

Alisson, Fabinho and Mane all in contention for Liverpool return against Manchester City (Feb 5)

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