Liverpool star ‘didn’t know what day it was’ as Klopp spotted ‘going mad’ at teammate

Will Ford
Alexander-Arnold Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold “didn’t know what day it was” as he attempted to deal with Jack Grealish in Liverpool’s defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, according to Alan Shearer.

Liverpool took the lead at the Etihad through Mohamed Salah but Pep Guardiola’s side stormed back to claim a comfortable 4-1 victory.

Grealish claimed an assist and scored the final goal of the afternoon before being names Man of the Match, and Shearer was full of praise for the playmaker, who gave Alexander-Arnold a “torrid time”.

“I thought the best player on the park was Jack Grealish,” said Shearer. “Playing with such confidence and a belief in his own ability now.

“He stretched Liverpool defensively. They just couldn’t handle him at all – he has the freedom to come inside and go down the outside. He was just magnificent in everything he did.

“He gave Trent (Alexander-Arnold) a torrid time at fullback. Trent didn’t know what day it was. He didn’t know where to go, what to do and how to handle him.

“Trent did know whether to get tight to him or show him down the line, in the end, he does neither – it was a brilliant run from de Bruyne (for Grealish’s goal). Trent doesn’t know where he is. Look where Trent starts and then finishes, he is 10 or 15 yards away from Grealish when he sticks the ball into the back of the net. He couldn’t cope with him.”

Things weren’t all that much better for Andrew Robertson on the other side of Liverpool’s defence.

The Scotland international was replaced by Kostas Tsimikas in the 70th minute after one of his more fallible displays, and TalkSPORT pundit Jamie O’Hara said he spotted Jurgen Klopp “going mad” at his full-back on the touchline.

“He dived in for the first goal and you could see Jurgen Klopp on the side lines going mad at Robertson,” O’Hara said. “He kept getting sucked in. They just played around him.”

The result leaves Liverpool with an uphill task to secure a top four finish with Chelsea to come on Tuesday followed by Premier League leaders Arsenal next weekend.

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