The Liverpool Echo rated Trent Alexander-Arnold five out of 10 following his performance in the Reds’ 4-3 win over Leeds United on the opening day of the season.
The right-back wasn’t anywhere close to his best, being beaten by Jack Harrison for Leeds’ first goal and nearly scoring a comical own goal in the second half.
He struggled against the pace of Helder Costa throughout, too.
We’ve come to expect so much from the 21-year-old, who has enjoyed a remarkable rise in recent years.
Indeed, some believe he’s the best player in his position in the world.
But he was sloppy against Marcelo Bielsa’s side and was thankful for a devastating performance in front of goal by Mohamed Salah.
Alexander-Arnold’s dismal stats
Alexander-Arnold’s stats from the match prove he struggled both defensively and offensively.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was dribbled past three times in the first 45 minutes against Leeds United.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 12, 2020
The most he's been dribbled past in a single Premier League in his career is four times. 👀 pic.twitter.com/LvGsEpLFjt
Per Statman Dave, he failed to win a single tackle and didn’t create a chance from open play.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s game by numbers vs. Leeds United:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 12, 2020
68% pass accuracy
36% final third pass accuracy
0 chances created from open play
0/3 tackles won
Far from his finest performance. ❌ pic.twitter.com/dxQa8HLGJN
The England international’s pass accuracy in the final third was just 36%.
Alexander-Arnold mistakes video emerges
None of this is a major cause for concern for Liverpool – but Alexander-Arnold has left himself open to criticism from Football Twitter.
And a Chelsea fan has shared a video of the right-back’s mistakes against Leeds.
The video features Alexander-Arnold’s defending for Leeds’ first goal and the moment he put the ball into his own net with a wayward header, before being saved by the assistant referee’s flag.
Trent Alexander Arnold vs Leeds – The return of the best RB?pic.twitter.com/wiYq1Dvxdg— Don (@DonCheIsea) September 12, 2020