Andy Robertson believes Trent Alexander-Arnold has a spotlight on him. That’s nothing but a good thing, however.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has had a very interesting month or so. It all started when Gareth Southgate left him out of the England squad.
It was a shock, given the Scouser has been regarded as the world’s best right-back for two years now. But, apparently, not quite good enough for England.
Once club football was back, all eyes were on Alexander-Arnold and he showed what he could do. He got a wonderful assist against Arsenal in a 3-0 win.
Unfortunately, he followed that up with a poor defensive display in Madrid. Real Madrid attacked his flank, looking to get behind him and into the channel alongside Nat Phillips. It worked.
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But Alexander-Arnold bounced back from that, scoring a fantastic winner against Aston Villa on Saturday.
It’s been a notable few weeks under that spotlight, then. Alexander-Arnold has been in headlines, discussed ad nauseum, facing heavy criticism and high praise.
And according to Andy Robertson, it’s a sign of just how good Alexander-Arnold is.
“It’s a sign of a world-class player,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “When world-class players don’t perform to the levels that maybe they have done then people criticise them more.
“People criticise them more than your normal player or your ordinary player.
“I thought on Saturday he put in a very good performance, I thought against Arsenal he was excellent.
“Of course he struggled against Madrid in midweek but we all did, not one of us played well but more gets said about Trent’s performance than anyone else’s.”
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Robertson went on to say that ‘no one can touch’ his teammate when he’s at his best. That’s undeniably true.
Alexander-Arnold just needs to get back to that level consistently – and we believe he will. He’ll always face intense pressure and scrutiny, as Robertson says, but a spell of top form will ease things for a while.
There’s no better time to do that than tomorrow. Alexander-Arnold received plenty of stick for his first-leg performance against Real, his one negative since the international break.
Correct it tomorrow and he can put some critics in their place.