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Liverpool couldn’t take a chance at St James’ Park as they ended 2020 with a stalemate against Steve Bruce’s side on Wednesday night.
One man who will have frustrated Jurgen Klopp with his display was Trent Alexander-Arnold, with the extremely wasteful Englishman in possession against the Toon.
Arguably, the academy graduate hasn’t been anywhere near the level at which he consistently performed last season, having averaged a 6.81 rating for his performances in the top flight this season, compared to a much more impressive 7.20 rating throughout the 2019/20 campaign.
According SofaScore, during the game against Newcastle, the 22-year-old lost possession on 31 notable occasions, suggesting he was out of place with his passes throughout the 90 minutes, although he did play a season-challenger pass to Andrew Robertson. in the first half.
The right-back was heavily involved in the Reds’ preparation play, having 102 ball touches during the game, but it was his generally reliable center that was perhaps the most disappointing aspect of his game, as he was accurate with just two of his 13 cross attempts at St James’ Park.
Was Alexander-Arnold poor vs Newcastle?
Alexander-Arnold, who was acclaimed as “out of this world” by Gary Neville earlier this year, he was also accurate on just 50% of his long balls, with seven of 14 finding a Liverpool jersey, once again emphasizing that it was not his night. .
the Echo of Liverpool They seem to agree, as they rated the England international a 5/10 for his performance, suggesting that he struggled defensively and that his deliveries did not come close to his usual standard.
While Curtis Jones may come in for criticism after a poor performance in midfield that earned him a 5/10 rating from Echo of Liverpool and saw him eliminated early in the second half, it could definitely be argued that it was Alexander-Arnold who was Liverpool’s poorest player against Newcastle.
Unfortunately Liverpool failed to take down a stubborn Newcastle defense on Wednesday, which can definitely be attributed to the bad nature of the right-back center at night, so Klopp will expect much better from the 22-year-old. in the Reds’ next Premier League game against Southampton next Monday.
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