Chris Sutton is starting to grasp why Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold was left out of his England squad by Gareth Southgate after his poor defensive show against Real Madrid on Tuesday evening.
Alexander-Arnold produced a beautiful exhibition as Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-0 over the weekend however he adopted with a horrible first half show as Jurgen Klopp’s side lost 3-1 to Real.
The suitable-hander headed the ball into Marco Asensio’s path for the Spanish team’s second goal, whereas his defensive place and show have been well under par.
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The former Blackburn Rovers and Celtic Sutton striker admits he thinks it’s “harsh” for Southgate to leave Alexander-Arnold out of his current England squad however is now starting to grasp why he made that alternative.
Sutton wrote within the Every day Mail: “We noticed the best of Trent Alexander-Arnold against Arsenal.
“The 22-year-old player was extremely offensive on the Emirates Stadium on the weekend and I like that side of him. On Tuesday, although, we noticed the opposite side – the side of him that Gareth Southgate did not appear to belief in his newest England squad.
“I felt it was hard for Southgate to not title Alexander-Arnold for these World Cup qualifying matches. However should you base the right-back or right-back positions on defensive capabilities alone, then do you select Alexander-Arnold?
“Southgate has so many great choices in that space. There are others out there higher than him in that division – others who may not have made the identical errors as he did on Tuesday.
“That second goal may very well be Liverpool’s killer on this competition, as he offered a really unfortunate assist to Marco Asensio with an abusive header.
“It wasn’t fully Alexander-Arnold that Jurgen Klopp’s side discovered themselves trailing 2-0 at half time.
“The Liverpool team as an entire might hardly string collectively three passes. Mohamed Salah then bought that goal and the Liverpool spirit was lifted.
“However then Real helped themselves to a different. He’ll go back to Anfield, the place Klopp wants one other a type of particular nights by his side in the event that they need to do one thing this season. ”