Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool are in ‘a difficult period’ after Napoli humbling
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been backed to drop Trent Alexander-Arnold for Saturday’s visit of Wolves. Legendary former Reds full-back Steve Nicol has labelled Alexander-Arnold’s performance against Napoli as “unacceptable”.
Liverpool were beaten 4-1 by Napoli in their first Champions League group match of the season on Wednesday. Alexander-Arnold has received strong criticism for his role in at least two of the Italian side’s goals.
The 23-year-old was caught on camera walking during Napoli’s attack and has faced claims of a lack of desire. Nicol has joined in with the condemnation of his performance.
The Scot believes Klopp should leave Alexander-Arnold out against Wolves in an attempt to send a clear message to him. Nicol told ESPN FC: “Unacceptable. Unacceptable. I don’t know what other way to put it.
“It’s unacceptable and Klopp’s going to have to do something to change it. And if it means he sits him on his backside as a reminder, then he’s going to have to do it.
“Because it’s unacceptable. There’s no other way to put it. It’s unacceptable for a professional player to walk.”
Alexander-Arnold has started all six of Liverpool’s Premier League matches so far this season. He has one goal to his name but is yet to register an assist.
Reds great Robbie Fowler was on punditry duty for BT Sport on Wednesday. He recognised Joe Gomez’s errors for a couple of Napoli’s goals.
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However, Fowler questioned the desire of his old team, especially Alexander-Arnold. The former striker said: “You could not question [Liverpool’s desire] over the past couple of years, but today we are.
“We said it was a tough game for Liverpool, we know how good Napoli are at home. First five minutes you need one of your defenders to say ‘let’s not concede, let’s make sure we stay tight’.
“I know Gomez will get all the stick because he is caught out for the first goal, but watch the desire from Trent. As much as you give him loads of plaudits for the way he attacks teams and his desire to get forward, but his desire to help his team out defensively, is poor.
“To be fair, Napoli have been brilliant but Liverpool defensively have been absolutely shocking.”
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