“Look at Liverpool’s left side of their defence. Andy Robertson benefits hugely from that partnership he’s got with Virgil van Dijk. Trent Alexander-Arnold doesn’t have his Van Dijk on that side. He’s not got a centre-back giving him information.”
Neville tips Alexander-Arnold for Euro 2020 heartache
Indeed, Neville believes that Alexander-Arnold will not be going to Euro 2020 as part of the England squad.
“I don’t think Gareth Southgate will include him. I think leaving him out in the March internationals are a precursor to leaving him out in the summer,” he said.
“I don’t think he’d have dropped that bombshell. He’s getting everyone used to the fact that this incredible talent is maybe not going to a tournament – unless Kyle Walker, Kieran Tripper or Reece James gets injured.
“And the reason why I don’t think he’ll go is – I illuded last season a number of times when I was watching in, in the most unbelievable Liverpool leam, in an unbelievable season for Trent Alexander-Arnold, that there will come a point, whereby if he doesn’t become more serious about his defending, and he doesn’t get that intensity into his game – stops crosses, stop shots on goal, stops people scoring in his area – eventually there’ll be a point when the manager asks: ‘Am I’m getting enough from him going forward to cover what I’m losing defensively?’
“In a one-off game in a tournament, a quarter-final or a semi-final, who are England going to be playing? They’re going to be playing Germany, France, Belgium or Portugal. Who’s he going to be playing against? Leroy Sane, Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard, Diogo Jota or Cristiano Ronaldo. Who do they want to play against? They’ll think: ‘He’ll leave space in behind, I’ll have Trent.’
“He’s there to win a tournament. I don’t think he will take him.”