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

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

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

Defender Alexander-Arnold said the Reds still had confidence but said setbacks “may make you second-guess yourself and question things”.

“It’s clear that something as a team is not going right,” he said Liverpoolfc.comexternal link.

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

“It’s something for everyone to think about, for everyone to address and make sure we get it right, especially next week against Spurs, top-four opponents.

“We’ve got to kind of go out there and get some points if we’re going to have any chance of achieving our goals and aspirations for the season.”

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

The defeat left Liverpool eight points off 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 game, 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 with 16 points so far this season. At this stage of the last campaign, Liverpool had 25 points and 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 in this break.’

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

Liverpool have ‘massive problems’ and are being ‘bullied’

Virgil van Dijk
The Leeds defeat was Virgil van Dijk’s first home league loss for Liverpool, ending a 70-game run.

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.

“It’s not a blip for Liverpool; it’s a serious problem,” Carragher said.

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

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

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

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

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

Former England captain Alan Shearer said during Match of the Day that the number of chances Leeds had at Anfield was indicative of Liverpool’s defensive struggles this term.

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

“[But] defensively they were so poor and that means everyone opposite. There’s a lack of protection, too many mistakes, too many chances – it’s too easy to get through.

“I know I’ve said it before this season, but Liverpool don’t look a meter slow.”

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