Robbie Fowler and Rio Ferdinand ripped into Trent Alexander-Arnold for missing ‘need’ as Liverpool slumped to a 4-1 defeat away at Napoli within the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s males have been outclassed in Italy on Wednesday night time, falling aside defensively in a primary half which noticed the hosts storm right into a three-goal lead.
They made it 4-0 shortly after the interval, earlier than Luis Diaz pulled again what merely proved a comfort on a massively disappointing night time for the Reds.
Klopp could have nice considerations about his workforce’s defensive frailty, with the likes of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk run ragged at occasions by Luciano Spalletti’s facet.
Robbie Fowler and Rio Ferdinand ripped into Trent Alexander-Arnold for missing ‘need’ as Liverpool slumped to a 4-1 defeat away at Napoli
The Reds fell aside in a disastrous begin to their Champions League group-stage marketing campaign
Nevertheless, it was Alexander-Arnold who got here in for many criticism within the BT Sport studio, having pissed off each Fowler and Ferdinand with a perceived lack of effort on the night time.
‘What I’d say is you’ll be able to’t query the need of this workforce over the previous couple of years, however you’ll be able to tonight,’ Liverpool legend Fowler mentioned after the sport.
‘We all know how good Napoli are they usually’ve been good, however Liverpool have been so poor.
Alexander-Arnold drew most criticism from the BT Sport studio after Liverpool’s defeat
Each Ferdinand (L) and Fowler (R) questioned the younger right-back’s need on the night time
‘Joe Gomez will get all of the stick [for his first-half performance] however have a look at the dearth of need from Trent.
‘You’ll be able to’t name out him going ahead however defensively we will choose him aside as a result of he doesn’t present the identical need to get again than he does to get ahead and that’s mistaken.
‘Liverpool have been surprising defensively.’
Ferdinand agreed together with his co-pundit, questioning why Alexander-Arnold failed to trace again and assist Liverpool defensively in Naples.
‘It was an embarrassing first 45 minutes for Liverpool, notably defensively,’ the previous Manchester United defender mentioned.
It was not a night to recollect for Trent in Liverpool’s opening Champions League fixture
‘What you’ll be able to’t settle for as a supervisor or as a participant is an absence of effort and need. When folks don’t run or don’t have the need to get again.
‘Gomez makes the error however you’ve obtained to get again and assist your team-mates and Trent didn’t do this.
‘Liverpool obtained teased, they obtained embarrassed, they obtained proven up. This outcome has been coming too. They have been lacklustre and lacked grit, dedication and need.’