Liverpool fans have given their reaction on Twitter after Trent Alexander-Arnold was omitted by Gareth Southgate for this month’s World Cup qualifiers.
The Times reported that Alexander-Arnold wasn’t selected to feature against San Marino, Albania and Poland this month. Instead, the West Derby full-back will remain on Merseyside at Liverpool’s AXA Training Centre.
Southgate has chosen Keiran Trippier and Reece James ahead of Alexander-Arnold, with Kyle Walker also included as a right-sided centre-half or for further cover at right-back.
Indeed, this is a highly controversial decision by Southgate that will engulf serious debate, but one which, of course, won’t come as too much of a shock to Liverpool supporters.
Remarkably, Alexander-Arnold has just 12 caps for England in comparison to the 168 appearances he has already clocked up under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
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While the form of Alexander-Arnold has unquestionably dipped this term, this has, more than not, been the case with practically every member of Liverpool’s Premier League-winning squad.
However, it’s quite concerning that the Reds academy graduate has been snubbed during the first wobble of his already illustrious career, which has seen Alexander-Arnold win both the Premier League and Champions League before the age of 22.
It’s worth noting that Southgate was unflinching in his backing of Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, earlier this season, while he has also been unswervingly loyal to Atletico Madrid right-back, Tripper.
Yes, Alexander-Arnold’s form has suffered this season. However, Southgate has clearly failed to take into account how much the Liverpool defender has improved in performances against RB Leipzig and Wolves.
Criticism of his defending as a whole has been drastically blown out of proportion, too, while it often overlooks how he is encouraged to play under Jurgen Klopp operating as the team’s main source of creativity.
The fixtures, too, don’t do Alexander-Arnold any favours regarding his prospects of being selected for the European Championships this summer.
England will certainly beat San Marino and Albania, after all, as they should Poland – who will be without Robert Lewandowski due to protocols on COVID 19 in Germany.
Still, Liverpool fans will also see the positive side of Alexander-Arnold’s omission by Southgate. Jurgen Klopp, too, will be equally pleased given what happened to Joe Gomez with England during the previous international break.
Let’s see what the Anfield faithful had to say after Southgate confirmed his squad on Thursday afternoon.