Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold says ‘something’s not going right’ after Leeds defeat

Liverpool players were dejected after the Leeds defeat
Liverpool’s loss to Leeds was their first defeat in the Premier League since March 2021.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has said “something is not right” after suffering a second Premier League defeat with Liverpool.

Defender Alexander-Arnold said the Reds still had confidence but the setback “may make you second-guess yourself and question things”.

“Obviously something is not right as a team,” he said Liverpoolfc.comExternal link.

“It’s not going as well as we want it to.

“It’s something for everyone to think about, for everyone to address and make sure we put it right, especially next week against Spurs, top four opponents.

“We have to go out there and get some points if we are to have any chance of reaching our goals and ambitions for the season.”

Crisencio Somerville scored a dramatic late winner at Anfield as Leeds won to climb out of the relegation zone.

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The defeat left Liverpool eight points clear of the top four, with a game in hand, ahead of next Sunday’s trip to third-placed Tottenham in the league.

After that, they have one more Premier League fixture at home to Southampton on November 12, before taking more than six weeks off to compete in the World Cup in Qatar.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have won 4, drawn 4 and lost 4 with 16 points so far this season. Liverpool have scored 25 points and lost just once at this stage of the last campaign.

“I don’t think we’re in good shape – I think a lot of players would say that about themselves and as a team in general,” said Alexander-Arnold, who replaced James Millener in the Leeds defeat.

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“I think it’s important for us to regroup, assess what’s going wrong. I think right now, it’s ‘get as many points as you can going into this break now.’

“This break will come at a good time for us to reset and get our heads straight going into the second half of the season.”

Liverpool have ‘massive problems’ and are being ‘bullied’

Virgil van Dijk
The Leeds defeat was Virgil van Dijk’s first home league defeat for Liverpool, ending a run of 70 games.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports that Klopp’s side have “massive problems” to solve as they prepare to host Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday.

“This is not a setback for Liverpool; this is a serious problem,” Carragher said.

“Klopp must be thinking, what else can I try now? Different progressions, formations, personnel.”

Under Klopp, Liverpool have been known for their high-intensity approach, but their former player and manager Graeme Souness, now a Sky Sports pundit, believes their midfield “just doesn’t have it in their legs anymore”.

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“Liverpool basically bullied teams up front, teams who bullied their midfield,” Souness said.

“Now they’re being bullied. It’s making them vulnerable at the back and they’re not creating the same opportunities up front.

“Liverpool is a shadow [of the team they used to be].”

Speaking on Match of the Day, former England captain Alan Shearer said the number of chances Leeds conceded at Anfield showed Liverpool’s defensive struggles this season.

“I thought their season would pick up after their performance against Manchester City – you saw the energy again,” Shearer said.

“[But] Defensively they have been very poor and that means everyone at the back. Lack of security, many errors, many opportunities – it is not easy to go through them.

“I know I said it earlier this season, but Liverpool don’t look half-assed.”

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