Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold has come under fire from Steve Nicol after his poor performances of late. The England international was dropped against Aston Villa for the FA Cup which the Reds won.
Liverpool legend Nicol has blasted Alexander-Arnold after a drop off in form in recent weeks.
It comes at a time when the Reds are looking to bounce back from some poor results.
Jurgen Klopp has seen his side fail to win in three Premier League outings, with draws against West Brom and Newcastle as well as losing to Southampton.
They bounced back with a 4-1 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup, though Dean Smith was forced into fielding a team full of teenagers as a result of coronavirus.
One player that has seen his form drop off is Alexander-Arnold, who had a particularly bad outing against Southampton.
The full-back was hauled off for James Milner towards the end of the match and Nicol has not been impressed with him recently.
He told ESPN: “I think he definitely has to improve defensively, no question.
“I think going forward, recent games, it’s been difficult for him.
“He normally has space to put the ball in but because of the way the opposition has played he’s put the ball into a box that’s full of, what, two teams basically, you’re talking 14 players.
“That makes it tough for him going forward. No question defensively, he has to improve a tonne.”
However, Klopp has backed Alexander-Arnold to return to form and has given reasons for his tough time as of late.
“That’s normal if you play football in public and have people used to the level Trent showed over the last three or four years, since he started playing with us pretty much, then that’s normal,” Klopp said.
“In a game like this it was an obvious case of not his best game, he knows this. We know that and that’s clear.
“There are explanations for this season if you want. But he had good games as well absolutely and helped us a lot at different moment.
“The reason is, he was out for a while with early Covid and had an injury that didn’t help.
“He had no pre-season really. After with the quality he has and the situation we were in he played pretty early.
“I think he is now getting there just physically he is fine now.
“He just has to find his top shape again and that will happen rather soon than later.”