Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold problem is clear – but Van Dijk might be real issue

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On Saturday afternoon, 'Trent' was trending on Twitter – and not for the right reasons – after two diabolical mistakes against Brighton that Pascal Gross gobbled up.

It saw Liverpool go 2-0 down to the Seagulls at Anfield after 17 minutes in Roberto De Zerbi's managerial debut in the Premier League. After Jurgen Klopp had defended Alexander-Arnold following his omission from the England squad, all eyes were on the right-back.

But while the 23-year-old did not cover himself in glory, the amount of goals that are being leaked at Anfield recently are not entirely on his shoulders. As the leader and voice at the back, Virgil van Dijk must take his share of the flak.

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There have been some disappointing results for the Reds this season, including to Manchester United, Fulham and Crystal Palace. The 4-1 defeat to Napoli in the Champions League saw alarm bells ringing for Klopp, while his side are already 10 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League.

And much of that is down to some shoddy defending with Alexander-Arnold in the spotlight but there have been some glaring errors by Van Dijk in that period, too.

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Trossard's third goal was down to the Dutchman, whose lethargic left leg failed to clear the ball which trickled through the entire Liverpool backline to find the Belgian to tuck home and gain Brighton a point.

And fans have started to notice that the 31-year-old's form has gone out of the window with many calling for him to be dropped and Ibrahima Konate to be reinstated to the side. Such a scenario would have been unimaginable even just a year ago.

Alexander-Arnold has taken his fair share of the blame – and rightly so – but defending has never been his strong point, going forward and delivering devastating crosses is. But for senior stars like Van Dijk, they need to take some responsibility and quickly before they slide out of the title race completely – even at this early point in the season.

Across the team, there have been players not hitting the heights that fans have been used to. Mohamed Salah has scored just twice in the Premier League, Jordan Henderson is beaten on a regular basis in midfield, Fabinho is often nowhere to be seen.

But without a strong defence, there is no chance of catching up to City – who already look like they are etching their names into the trophy this season. And a strong defence means a strong Van Dijk but it is suffice to say that Liverpool are lacking.

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