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Sutton delivers scathing assessment of Alexander-Arnold after Liverpool defeat

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Chris Sutton launched into scathing criticism of Trent Alexander-Arnold after the Liverpool right-back’s error-strewn display against Real Madrid.

The Reds suffered a 3-1 defeat to the reigning La Liga champions in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Both of Madrid’s first-half goals came down Liverpool’s right-hand side, with Alexander-Arnold showcasing why Gareth Southgate failed to pick him for the latest England squad.

First, Toni Kroos found a gap between Alexander-Arnold and centre-back Nat Phillips to set up Vinicius Junior to open the scoring.

Kroos again targeted the Liverpool right-back for the second goal, with Alexander-Arnold heading his lofted pass straight into the path of Marco Asensio, who flicked the ball over Allison and into the net.

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Though he impressed against Arsenal last week, this was the latest poor performance in what has been a disappointing season for Alexander-Arnold, who has failed the replicate his form of previous campaigns.

And former Blackburn Rovers striker Sutton did not hold back in his criticism of the 22-year-old.

“We saw the best of Trent Alexander-Arnold against Arsenal,” Sutton wrote in a column for the Daily Mail.

“The 22-year-old was awesome offensively at the Emirates Stadium at the weekend and I love that side to him.

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“On Tuesday, though, we saw the other side — the side to him that Gareth Southgate seemingly did not trust enough to have in his latest England squad.”

Sutton also believes that his defensive vulnerability means that Alexander-Arnold’s place at this summer’s European Championships is under threat.

“I did feel that it was harsh of Southgate to not name Alexander-Arnold for those World Cup qualifiers,” Sutton wrote.

“But if you base the right back or right wing-back positions purely on defensive capabilities, then do you select Alexander-Arnold?

“Southgate has so many great options in that area. There are others out there better than him in that department — others who might not have made the same mistakes he did on Tuesday.

“That second goal could be a killer for Liverpool in this competition, as he provided a very unfortunate assist for Marco Asensio with a mistimed header."

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