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Liverpool: Star man set to miss out on crucial game

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Liverpool star man Trent Alexander-Arnold could be set to miss the Red’s crucial game against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend in favour of Joe Gomez for his defensive ability, according to pundit Dean Ashton. 

Jurgen Klopp’s men are set to face Spurs this weekend amidst their battle with league leaders Manchester City for the Premier League title and the latest reports suggest key man Alexander-Arnold could be set to miss out on a starting place in order for defensive security rather than prioritising attacking football.

The young English defender has often been criticised for his defensive liabilities this season and past and but being dropped for teammate Joe Gomez could come as quite a shock to a lot of fans of both the club and football in general considering his attacking prowess.

However, this is not the case according to Ashton who on the TalkSport GameDay podcast he claimed it could happen due to Tottenham’s ability to beat the high line. He said, “I think he will start Gomez because he’s got that extra bit of pace, extra bit of power.

“He thinks more defensively than Trent does, and that is the area. Kane coming in over the top of Matip if it is him who plays, into that corridor”.

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TAA or Gomez?

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Liverpool will need to be on their A-game in order to beat Spurs this weekend and put the pressure back on Man City who will play Newcastle. With this in mind, it feels odd that they would drop a player who has racked up the most assists for them this season and has proved himself to be one of the best attacking defenders in world football.

The 23-year-old right-back has managed two goals and 18 assists in all competitions while averaging 1.4 shots, 2.7 key passes, 0.5 dribbles, 2.3 crosses, and 6.1 long balls per game with 79.3% pass accuracy on 67.7 passes per game. (Whoscored)

His defensive stats have not been that bad this season with 1.3 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, and one clearance per game, he is the weakest link of the Liverpool backline and can be exposed, like in their game against Brentford this season. But his attacking ability is clearly the best of the Liverpool defence and they could find it hard to break down Spurs without the threat of Alexander-Arnold.

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