Trent Alexander-Arnold has admitted that his performances haven’t been up to standard for Liverpool this season.
The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the best right-backs in European football since becoming a regular under Jurgen Klopp.
That form played a pivotal role in the Reds winning their first Premier League title last season, registering a remarkable 15 assists from defence.
But it’s been much tougher this time around, with his performance level dipping to the extent that some believed he could have been dropped.
Liverpool boss Klopp backed his player last month, suggesting there were a number of reasons behind his dip.
“The criticism is normal,” he said. “After you play football in public and make people used to the level Trent has shown over the last three or four years, that’s normal.
“There are explanations for this season, if you want – he has had good games as well and helped us in different moments – but the reason is he was out for a while with early Covid and had an injury that didn’t help.
“He had no pre-season really and after, with the quality he has and the situation we were in, he played pretty early for us but he is now getting there, physically he is fine and he will find his top shape rather soon.”
But Alexander-Arnold has claimed there is no excuses for his below-par showings and has claimed he is committed to rediscovering his best form.
In an interview with Sky Sports, he was asked if he was playing at the top level this season: “Me? No.
“There’s been times this season I felt like I’ve been playing quite well. Recently I’ve been trying to get back into that rhythm I was talking about earlier from a personal point of view.
“It’s been a tough reason in that respect in just trying to find that rhythm and get back into it and just letting things happen naturally. It’s been quite difficult.
“But again there’s no excuses. I want to try to make things happen for the team and perform as well as I can to help us win games and that’s what I’m trying to do.”