Gareth Southgate says he took the difficult decision to drop Trent Alexander-Arnold because of the right-back’s struggles in his England squad this season as well as the decline in his performances for Liverpool. The England manager has given maiden call-ups to the Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins and the West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland this month.
Liverpool played their first game after the announcement of the European Super League, and failed to win against Leeds
He said: “He senses where the space is and how to use it. I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s a dribbler with skills and tricks but he’s dynamic. How he plays, he is unique in some ways.