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Alexander-Arnold’s Liverpool woes summed up by alarming stat vs Leicester

Trent Alexander-Arnold endured another difficult afternoon as he broke his own, unwanted Premier League record in Liverpool ‘s 3-1 defeat to Leicester City.

The England international has been open about his struggles, amid the first prolonged slump of his senior career.

Since breaking into the first-team under Jurgen Klopp, the 22-year-old has become one of the best in the world in his position.

But following a calf injury he suffered back in November, the his performances have noticeably deteriorated.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, by his own admission has been below-par this season

Alexander-Arnold broke a league record earlier this season when he conceded possession 38 times in the defeat to Southampton.

Weeks later, with the Reds suffering another defeat at the hands of Southampton, he lost possession on 39 occasions.

And in their latest loss, he once again eclipsed is own record, losing possession a staggering 45 times in 128 touches.

That percentage (35.2%) of touches to losing the ball, is the highest of any player in Europe’s top-five leagues this season.

The Liverpool right-back broke his own Premier League record against Leicester

Liverpool ’s defeat at Leicester leaves the Reds in a perilous position within the top-four, after a run of just two wins in their last nine.

The champions actually took the lead at the King Power, before capitulating in an eight-minute spell that saw them concede three times.

And speaking after the game, Alexander-Arnold admitted that his team crumbled after conceding an equaliser with ten minutes to go.

“I think, 70, 75 minutes, we were outstanding, up there with one of our best performances,” he told LFCTV . “Counter-pressing, taking the ball off them for fun. They couldn’t really get out. Really, really top drawer from us.

Liverpool conceded three times in eight minutes as their top-four hopes took another dent

“I think, first half, we never created too many clear-cut chances but second half we did. [We] had a few more shots, scored, and were in the driving seat.

“And then the tables turned. They put the game to bed in the matter of five, 10 minutes. That’s football. It happens so quickly, it just happens. In the moment, we’ve crumbled at the end of the day.”

He added: “We had confidence going into it. We were 1-0 up. I haven’t watched it [the first goal] back, but being part of the challenge, when he gave a pen, I didn’t personally think it was a foul but I haven’t watched it back.

“I’ve heard it’s dubious for the offside. It’s the same thing going on nearly every week now. But it’s part of football and we’ve got to get on with it.

“Second goal, one in a million, really. Lack of communication. No one to blame there. And the third goal, we lost the ball in a bad position and they punished us for it.

“By that point, the game is dead and buried and it’s tough to get back from that point.

“But like I said, I think our mentality needs to improve in those tough situations we had.”




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