Of all the things that spewed forth from Rio Ferdinand's motormouth, it was perhaps the one sentence that absolutely hit the nail on the head.
"I don't understand," quipped the former Manchester United man as he contemplated Trent Alexander-Arnold's performance at Manchester City.
To most observers, the Liverpool defender had been one of the best players on the pitch. He was among several Reds to be awarded the highest rating on the day by the ECHO, while on Sky Sports he was named as man of the match by Ferdinand's former United team-mate Gary Neville.
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That, though, was not enough for the TNT Sports pundit, who declared on the Vibe with Five podcast on Monday evening the Liverpool player had delivered a "horrific defensive performance".
True, Alexander-Arnold could have been quicker in reacting to Alisson Becker's miscued clearance that allowed Nathan Ake to dance through several challenges and set up Erling Haaland to open the scoring. But he wasn't the only Liverpool player at fault in that passage of play.
And for all the talk of flying City winger Jeremy Doku having had a good game, the one time he dribbled past someone to dangerous effect was when ghosting beyond Joel Matip and crossed for Haaland to fire a close-range effort saved by Alisson. Less than 30 seconds later, Liverpool had broken downfield for Alexander-Arnold to thump home a deserved equaliser.
While Ferdinand had much praise for Alexander-Arnold's attacking display, his criticism was borderline lazy and reflected poorly on his ability to analyse a match. His contentionRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk