'100% convinced': Klopp dissects Liverpool star's mistake for Everton goal
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'100% convinced': Jurgen Klopp dissects Trent Alexander-Arnold mistake for Everton goal

Jurgen Klopp gave his thoughts on a mistake from Trent Alexander-Arnold for the Everton goal vs Liverpool on Wednesday. The right-back was out of position as Demarai Gray scored.

Liverpool crushed Everton at Goodison Park this week, running out 4-1 winners. There was that one blip, however – the Blues scored.

Liverpool were in complete control vs Everton from kick-off but slowed down quite dramatically after getting their second. It allows Everton to get back into the game, taking advantage of some poor defensive work.

Essentially, Trent Alexander-Arnold was out of position. He found himself far too high up the pitch as Liverpool lost the ball on their left flank. That allowed too much space for Virgil van Dijk & Joel Matip to cover – Richarlison found Demarai Gray in that space for 2-1.

So how much criticism should Alexander-Arnold get for this? Well, according to Jurgen Klopp, not much.

Klopp on Trent Alexander-Arnold mistake vs Everton

“Trent was 100% convinced that we’d keep the ball on that side [the left],” Klopp told a press conference on Friday. “That’s why he was already a bit wide and high – which is absolutely fine if we keep the ball.

“In that moment, we don’t keep the ball. It’s easy for me to say ‘Trent, where have you been?’ but it’s not right.

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“Because we lost the ball when we had a lot of players on that side to keep the ball. But that’s football – you have to judge situations.”

Klopp certainly doesn’t see a problem with Alexander-Arnold here, then. Or if he does, it’s that Liverpool’s other players didn’t handle the situation properly.

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Liverpool are a devastating team because of how they attack – a huge part of which is their full-backs pushing high. It’s completely understandable, then, that Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson would step forward when they feel comfortable.

Did Alexander-Arnold feel too comfortable, then? Klopp doesn’t think so and we’d agree. The real problem here was Liverpool giving the ball away in a dangerous area when they could have gotten it clear.

In the end, it was a small issue in a game Liverpool otherwise controlled and one Klopp isn’t too concerned with. 9 times out of 10, the team keeps the ball, finds Alexander-Arnold and things turn to attack. Every so often, that doesn’t work out – but it won’t stop Liverpool from trying.

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