Alexander-Arnold was at fault for Danny Ings’ winner in a 1-0 defeat at St Mary’s and was hooked off by his manager for James Milner after 77 minutes.
James, the former Liverpool goalkeeper, felt that the England right-back ‘didn’t offer anything’ and is now convinced that he needs to be replaced in the starting XI for a period of time.
‘I said at half-time, I don’t like criticising players for any other reason than what you see, but 38 giveaways today – more than any other Premier League player this season,’ James told Stadium Astro.
‘This is an interesting player. Let’s be right, he came into the Liverpool side young, forced into the side more than by choice, you would argue, and he hit the ground running.
‘Loads of plaudits, he was an integral part of Liverpool’s success, winning the Champions League, Premier League and World Club Championship.
‘He’s not a bad player but at the same time he hasn’t had any respite. From the moment he started playing for Liverpool, yes he had the injury earlier on in the season but young players more so than old players, they’re going to have off form.
‘Unfortunately for Trent at the moment he’s going through that bit of off form.
‘Maybe the injury has taken him into a different space. I don’t think he’s fully recovered from that be it mentally or even in his normal life habit.
‘He’s a young player who is obviously going to have a bad run of form, what you don’t want to do is have a bad run of form which results in losses.
‘So he brings him off, which was a surprise substitution in some people’s eyes.
‘For Trent, as a young player, we’ve seen this with Jordan Pickford at Everton, there is an argument that you could just take him out of the firing line for a little while.
‘Be it a week or two, the FA Cup is coming up maybe that’s a good opportunity. Let him settle back down again and get back to being one of these great players.
‘Trent might need a little break.’
Asked who should replace him, James added: ‘Trent didn’t offer anything today.
‘The crossing opportunities weren’t good enough. Obviously the defending… we’re talking about one game and everyone is entitled to a bad game but… Trent’s performance’s of late when you collect them together haven’t been great.
‘So therefore Jurgen, do you drop him or rest him? The word drop sounds almost somehow final. I think it’s giving someone a breather.
‘I think he needs a rest definitely.’