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What Trent Alexander-Arnold was spotted doing after Klopp hooked him off vs Brighton

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold made no secret of his feelings after being substituted off after less than an hour against Brighton on Sunday.

He was handed a place in the starting lineup for the trip to the Amex Stadium as Liverpool attempted to book themselves a spot in the fifth round of the competition.

It all seemed to be going to plan for Jurgen Klopp’s side too after Harvey Elliott opened the scoring.

But, Lewis Dunk levelled matters before the break as he managed to get a touch to Tariq Lamtpey’s effort from the edge of the penalty area.

While not at fault for the goal, England defender Alexander-Arnold had a role to play after seeing his initial clearance fall to the Brighton player.

As the game entered its final stages, Jurgen Klopp made the decision to make some changes. Alexander-Arnold was among those to have been replaced just before the hour mark as he came off in place of Milner.

As he left the pitch, the right-back did not look pleased in being taken off. He had a look of disappointment on his face after being deprived of the chance to help his teammates secure their place in the next round.

According to Liverpool Echo journalist Ian Doyle, the defender was shaking his head as he left the pitch at the Amex Stadium.

While Alexander-Arnold struggled in the game, Klopp said the England international was overrun on too many occasions with teammates leaving him stranded.

Klopp told Radio 5 Live: ‘We came here after a game a few weeks ago when we weren’t even close to ourselves.

‘Today we played a better game but we concede two goals from set-pieces and that is not allowed in any way. On the left side Robbo was okay because we helped him but on the other side Trent didn’t get the support.

‘Mitoma is really good so, of course, it was tough. We could have defended both goals better. The first is deflected but we can probably block the shot.

‘It doesn’t feel great. In time we might see the positives but we wanted to get the next round. Congratulations to Brighton.’

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