Robbie Fowler called Liverpool (opens in a new tab) fans to rally behind Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has come under scrutiny for some poor performances this season.
Like Alexander-Arnold, Reds icon Fowler – who earned the nickname ‘God’, such was his legendary status – was born and raised in Liverpool; he knows all too well the intense pressure that can come from being a local guy playing for the Reds.
And the former England striker reflected on his own experiences as he encouraged the Anfield faithful to give their full support to 24-year-old Alexander-Arnold – who, despite struggling so far this season, has been one of standout performers in Jurgen Klopp’s squad in recent times. years.
In an interview with the Echo of LiverpoolBirds said (opens in a new tab):
“It’s a natural instinct for any local boy. If you turn it around the other way and you’re a Kop fan and you see a local boy, you’ll see yourself in you a little bit. That’s why the local players – someone like me – had such a good relationship with the Liverpool fans, because they knew who I was and what I did. It’s exactly the same with Trent. .
“I know he struggles to tackle him, but he remains a world class player. Trent is not the reason Liverpool are having negative results. There are probably elements of his game that ‘he could do with a little help [with]but you can say that about any player.”
However, Fowler doesn’t expect Reds fans to turn against Alexander-Arnold. He continued:
“It’s great when everyone wants to sit on the glory train when things are going well, but let’s get behind him a bit more. As a local he will feel the pressure a bit more and that everyone world is against him. I have no doubt the fans will want him to be the best he can be.”
Alexander-Arnold will look to help Liverpool recover from back-to-back Premier League defeats on his trip to Tottenham (opens in a new tab) Sunday afternoon. He also hopes to qualify for Gareth Southgate’s final in England. (opens in a new tab) squad for the World Cup, which will be announced shortly.