Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold should have done much better for Fulham’s goal today.
That’s according to BT Sport commentator Jermaine Jenas. Speaking during BT’s coverage of the game this afternoon, Jenas thought the Liverpool man could have done much more to stop Aleksandar Mitrovic from scoring.
“I just feel like Trent’s waited for it a little bit,” said Jenas. “I feel like he could be a bit more alert, throw his body into him. You know Mitrovic is going to come so just offer me a bit more resilience, he just kind of gave up a little bit.”
Alexander-Arnold was beaten at the back post as Mitrovic towered above him to give Fulham the lead.
Liverpool punished for sloppy start
From a Liverpool point of view, Mitrovic’s goal was an incredibly poor one to concede. Yes, it was an excellent deep ball into the box, but the defending has to be better.
The ball is simply allowed to travel too far and bypasses three Liverpool defenders. It’s a mismatch in the air between Mitrovic and Alexander-Arnold.
In fairness to Trent, the Serbian is brilliant in the air. It isn’t the 23-year-old’s strong suit winning headers against powerful forwards, but you’d like to see a little more from him there.
But in truth, if it hadn’t have been Alexander-Arnold, it would likely just have been somebody else in Liverpool red.
Jurgen Klopp’s side simply haven’t turned up on the opening day of the Premier League, and the goal had been coming right from the start at Craven Cottage.
The newly promoted side have been first to everything as Liverpool stagger out of the blocks.
Klopp will be looking for much better from Alexander-Arnold and the rest of the Liverpool squad in the second-half in West London.