Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold says ‘something’s not going right’ after Leeds defeat

Liverpool players dejected after Leeds defeat
Liverpool’s loss to Leeds was their first at home in the Premier League since March 2021

Trent Alexander-Arnold has said “something is not right” with Liverpool after they fell to a second successive Premier League defeat.

Defender Alexander-Arnold said the Reds still had self-belief, but said the setbacks “potentially make you second-guess yourself and question things”.

“Clearly as a team something is not right,” he said Liverpoolfc.comexternal-link.

“It’s not going as well as we want it to go.

“This is something for everyone to think about, for everyone to address and make sure we put it right, especially next week against Spurs, the top four rivals.

“We need to go out there and get some points if we are to have any chance of achieving our goals and aspirations for the season.”

Crysencio Summerville scored a dramatic late winner at Anfield as Leeds won to move out of the relegation zone.

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Defeat left Liverpool eight points adrift of the top four, with a game in hand, before they visit third-placed Tottenham in the league next Sunday.

After that, they have one more Premier League fixture, at home to Southampton on November 12, before the competition stops for just over six weeks to make way for the World Cup in Qatar.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have won four, drawn four and lost four so far this season with 16 points. At this stage in the last campaign, Liverpool have 25 points and have lost just once.

“I think we’re not in the best shape – I think a lot of players would say that about themselves and as a team in general,” added Alexander-Arnold, who was replaced by James Milner during the Leeds defeat.

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“I think it’s important for us to regroup, assess what’s going wrong. I think right now, it’s kind of, ‘pick up as many points as you can now going into this break’.

“And potentially the break will come at a decent time for us to reset and be able to get our heads straight going into the second half of the season.”

Liverpool have ‘massive problems’ and they are being bullied

Virgil van Dijk
The Leeds defeat was Liverpool’s first league loss in Virgil van Dijk’s home league, ending a run of 70 games.

Speaking on Sky Sports, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said Klopp’s side have “massive problems” to address as they prepare to host Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday.

“This is not a blip for Liverpool; this is a serious problem,” said Carragher.

“Klopp must be thinking, what else can I try now? Different permutations, formations, personnel.”

Under Klopp, Liverpool were renowned for their high-intensity approach, but their former player and manager Graeme Souness, now a Sky Sports pundit, believes their midfield “just don’t have it in their legs anymore.”

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“Liverpool basically bullied teams before, their midfield bullied teams,” said Souness.

“And now they’re being bullied. It makes them vulnerable at the back, and they don’t make the same chances up front.

“Liverpool are a shadow [of the team they used to be].”

Speaking on Match of the Day, former England captain Alan Shearer said Leeds’ number of chances at Anfield was indicative of Liverpool’s defensive struggles this term.

“I thought it would start their season after their performance against Manchester City – you saw the energy back,” said Shearer.

“[But] Defensively they have been so poor and that means everyone crossing the back. There is a lack of protection, too many errors, too many chances – they are too easy to get through.

“I know I said it earlier this season, but Liverpool don’t look half a yard slow.”

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