Ian Wright was disappointed with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s first-half performance against Everton on Sunday.
Speaking on his podcast Wrighty’s House, the pundit suggested that Trent’s passing was affected by the nerves of the derby.
“The start of the game, Trent was very nervy,” said Wright. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s from round there, but he was very nervy. His passes weren’t great. I was thinking ‘wow, let’s see what’s happening’. The same with Thiago, he didn’t have the space to work in.”
It wasn’t one of Alexander-Arnold’s better games of the season as Anthony Gordon made his life difficult. So usually the catalyst for Liverpool, it was instead left to his full-back partner, Andy Robertson to give The Reds the shot in the arm they desperately needed.
Trent has a rare off day
Wright had travelled to Liverpool to watch the game at Anfield on Sunday. By the sound of it, he was as surprised as the rest of us to see Alexander-Arnold struggling to get going.
We’ve become so accustomed to the right-back turning in world-class performance after world-class performance. As good as Trent has become for Liverpool, sometimes you have to remind yourself that he’s still only 23-years-old.
The number 66 has been so good for so long for Liverpool that his age is no longer really mentioned.
He is still learning, though and does occasionally turn in some sloppy games like the one he had against Everton. As the only Scouser on the pitch for Liverpool on Sunday, it is a game that will have meant more to Trent than the rest of his teammates.
The most important thing is that if Alexander-Arnold does turn in a below-par display, it’s rarely followed up with another one.
His mentality is such that he will be determined to go out and make a difference in the next game. Trent will have known he wasn’t at his best in one of the biggest games of the season and that will surely irk him.
After such a brilliant season for the right-back, he’s allowed a rare off day. It would be a surprise to see him have another one on Wednesday, though. All we can say is, watch out Villarreal.