Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he HASN’T been at his best for Liverpool in recent weeks but says ‘it’s been difficult’ to find rhythm during hectic Premier League campaign
- Trent Alexander-Arnold was superb for Liverpool as they lifted the title last term
- But the right-back’s displays have noticeably been below par this time around
- He said it’s been hard to find a rhythm but is committed to returning to his best
- Liverpool will need him to rediscover his form for Sunday’s game with Man City
Trent Alexander-Arnold has admitted he has fallen short of his usual standards in recent weeks and has spoken about the difficulties of trying to rediscover his best form.
The 22-year-old emerged as one of the best right-backs in European football under Jurgen Klopp and was a key performer in Liverpool’s Premier League title triumph last season, having registered 13 assists from defence.
But Alexander-Arnold’s performances have noticeably been below par this term and has lacked the creativity he showed last term while Liverpool have struggled to keep pace with Manchester City in the title race.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has admitted he has slipped below his usual standards this season
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s must-win clash with Pep Guardiola’s men, Alexander-Arnold admitted he has it found it hard to find any consistency during Liverpool’s hectic schedule this campaign.
‘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,’ Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports.
‘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.’
Alexander-Arnold registered 13 assists last season but has managed just three so far this term
The defender’s noticeably been off the pace as Liverpool have struggled to stay in the title race
There had been calls for Alexander-Arnold to be dropped recently but Jurgen Klopp backed the defender and suggested a number of reasons for his dip in form.
He added: ‘The criticism is normal. After you play football in public and make people used to the level Trent has shown over the last three or four years, that’s normal.
‘There are explanations for this season, if you want – he has had good games as well and helped us in different moments – but the reason is he was out for a while with early Covid and had an injury that didn’t help.
‘He had no pre-season really and after, with the quality he has and the situation we were in, he played pretty early for us but he is now getting there, physically he is fine and he will find his top shape rather soon.’
But Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is confident the 22-year-old will rediscover his best form soon
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