Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp needs to be careful with Trent Alexander-Arnold
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp needs to exercise some caution if he doesn’t want to see Trent Alexander-Arnold ‘burn out’.
Karl Robinson, who is now the boss at Oxford United, has warned the former Borussia Dortmund boss what could happen to his defender if he makes too many appearances across a short space of time, using Dele Alli as an example.
The Tottenham midfielder has struggled to recapture the form that made him so special at the beginning of his career, only managing 9 goals in his last 47 appearances.
Alexander-Arnold has already made 17 appearances during the 2019/20 campaign, and is at risk of being worked too hard.
Robinson told the Blood Red Podcast: “I think to succeed at that level you’ve got to be single-minded.
“At certain times you’ve got to have an attitude or arrogance in some ways.
“That's not a bad arrogance, it’s a good arrogance that you need to cope and play at the top level.
“Obviously Dele is going through a bit more of a difficult time at his moment but he’s someone who’s only 23 and has played nearly 300 games at the top level.
“The one thing I do worry about for Trent, and for Dele and for all the young English players is we’re getting so money driven.
“These players are playing far too much for their age. It’s scary how much football they are actually playing.”
He added: “The problem is the better they become and the better they play the more people want to see them and the more they become a commodity and the more that’s the case it will affect their game and it’s not their fault.
“They’re only obliging to contracts people are signing for them.”
As well as facing a huge pile-up of fixtures over the Christmas period, Klopp is adamant that Alexander-Arnold has an extra burden that doesn’t affect his team-mates.
He said: “Trent has a mix of personal education, football education, character, skills, attitude, mentality, and he is on top of all that.
“He is absolutely a scouser in the best understanding.
“It’s a big task and a big job to be a scouser as a Liverpool player because you are responsible for pretty much everything. So he has all the good things.”