Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold had his “worst game” for the Reds defensively in the shock loss to Watford, claims Arsenal legend Lee Dixon. Watford pulled off the shock of the season by beating runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool 3-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday. A brace from Ismaila Sarr and a third from Troy Deeney sealed an emphatic victory for the Hornets.
Dixon says no Liverpool player performed on the day but singled out Alexander-Arnold for criticism.
The pundit claimed the England international was taken “to the cleaners” by Gerard Deulofeu before the Watford forward suffered his anterior cruciate knee ligament injury.
“Alexander-Arnold, that was probably the worst game I’ve seen him from a reading-the-game point of view,” Dixon told Premier League Productions.
“He nearly gets to Troy Deeney but he gives the ball away and normally you would see that little snap.
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“Liverpool played quite a high line, their pressure on the ball from midfield wasn’t their normal intensity. I think Jordan Henderson was a miss, he gives them that little bit extra.
“And I think because of that they got balls in behind Liverpool and Liverpool were just off.
“Every single player will look at that result and go ‘I was off today’ and when the team you’re playing against are so on, there was an upset.
“You could sense it in the air, as soon as the game started Deulofeu took Alexander-Arnold in the first 20 minutes to the cleaners.
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“He ran at him and he was kind of backing off all the time.
“Unfortunately he got injured and it looked like a bad one but he was the catalyst for the way Watford played.
“You’re going to get dips in form and listen they’d won 106 points out of 108 or whatever it was.
“They have been so on it and this league is so hard to put a run together because there are teams that can beat you like this.
“The fact that they haven’t lost until this point is sensational.”
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Former Aston Villa and England striker Dion Dublin agreed with Dixon that not a single Liverpool player performed during the loss in Hertfordshire.
“For the first time this season we have seen Liverpool all over the place,” Dublin said.
“And it wasn’t just one or two players, it was everybody in a red shirt.
“Their defending was all over the place. There was so much that was wrong.”
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