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Why Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold was substituted vs Everton

Jurgen Klopp has explained why Trent Alexander-Arnold was taken off vs Everton.


Everton and Liverpool clashed in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off.

It was an entertaining affair, but neither side, with a little help from VAR, was able to break the deadlock on Saturday.

On the bright side for both teams, they did keep their first clean sheets of the Premier League season.

However, FPL players will be well aware that Trent Alexander-Arnold did not get any clean sheet points vs Everton as he was taken off after 59 minutes – one minute before the clean sheet bonus would have been added (cheers Klopp).

So why was Alexander-Arnold taken off? Well, as explained by Klopp: “We have to manage his game time,” said the Reds boss. “Where can we change at the moment? We have players coming in and coming back.

“Arthur (Melo) is now here and will be very important for us, but he didn’t play football for a long, long time and yesterday he played a rondo with us. We thought until last night he wouldn’t be available, it wasn’t the plan to bring him.”

Klopp added: “So who do we have on the bench? Millie can play in midfield and both full-back positions and we just thought like the last game that it made sense to bring the fresh legs there, that’s why we decided like this.”

“Trent is playing all the time, Robbo is playing all the time,” said Klopp. “There we have alternatives and we have to use them to bring in fresh energy on the pitch. It’s nothing to do with performance, even though I know Trent can play better today definitely, it’s nothing to do with that.

“We just have to get through this period. Yes, players are coming back but they have to be re-integrated. We can’t just bring them in and play them for 90 minutes, it’s not possible. That’s why we need to have a look back and see where we can do the changes and give the game a new or more dynamic again.”

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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