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Jamie Carragher urges Liverpool star to call Steven Gerrard for help

Jamie Carragher has urged Trent Alexander-Arnold to call Steve Gerrard for advice over his dip in form for Liverpool.

The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the world’s best right-backs and played a key role in Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League success over the past few years.

But the defender is struggling to hit the same heights this season and has suffered a noticeable drop in his performances in recent weeks.

And Carragher believes the England international would benefit from getting some words of support from Liverpool’s former captain.

‘We too easily forget that Trent Alexander-Arnold is only 22,’ Carragher wrote in his column for the Telegraph.

‘Trent could do worse than share a private call with Steven Gerrard.

‘I remember well how Stevie overcame a slight dip after his first initial breakthrough into the first team, guided back to his best. It happens.’

Carragher has also criticised Liverpool’s hierarchy for failing to provide Jurgen Klopp with a new centre-back in the Janaury transfer window.

‘I believe the club’s response should have been activated on October 19, the day Virgil van Dijk’s cruciate knee operation was confirmed,’ said Carragher.

‘Hindsight is unnecessary. I said then I did not think Liverpool could win the league unless they had a new centre-back in place on January 1. They needed one before Joe Gomez was injured. His and Joel Matip’s appearance record was informative of that.

‘Frankly, it is preposterous that three months on and with the transfer window now open, Klopp felt compelled to use Jordan Henderson in the position against Manchester United.

‘And although Fabinho has been outstanding, he would be more influential in midfield. It has caused a chain reaction throughout the team.

‘I believe this time the club needed to react in the transfer market to ensure these most trying of times do not undermine Liverpool’s upward trajectory.

‘I said in the summer successful teams need refreshing from a position of strength, and the club bought Thiago and Jota.

‘Now, because of injuries, a response was needed to address a visible and serious area of weakness. That requires players good enough to start the biggest games, not to step in and do a job occasionally.

‘To be more specific, it demanded a new centre-back.’

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