Peter Crouch has pinpointed one negative from Liverpool’s win in the Merseyside Derby on Wednesday night, and that’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The former Reds striker believes that it was a sub par performance from the young full back, and his ruthless challenges on Everton players could have seen him see red.
To be fair, Trent did leave a bit in on Richarlison in one instance and could have also been booked for seemingly handling a Lucas Digne pass.
“There was a couple of incidents, definitely,” Crouch said in the Amazon Prime Sport studio (via the Express). “A few tackles, there was a handball as well. I mean this one [landing on Richarlison] here is a possible stamp.
“I think he was lucky and this one again here [yellow card for tackle on Lucas Digne], this tackle is naughty. That was naughty. I mean that’s a yellow but on another day that can be a red.
“He was lucky to stay on the pitch [after video of handball shown], he was lucky to stay on the pitch. He knows what he’s done there.”
In typical fashion for Trent, even when he has a bad game, he was on hand to register an assist for Sadio Mane who just loves a game against Everton.
Crouch claimed that the emotion involved with being a local lad likely had an impact on the full back throughout the Merseyside Derby.
“Over the course of history it was always the local lads that seemed to get in trouble,” Crouch added. “I remember [Steven] Gerrard, Francis Jeffers, it always used to spill over.
“As we were talking about before, it means so much for them that sometimes it can spill over. But he got away with it today.”
In a move to perhaps protect the young full back, Jurgen Klopp chose to withdraw the No.66 and replace him with Joe Gomez in the second half.