The criticism directed at Liverpool fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold is ridiculous, according to a former Reds star.
The England international has been vital to the Reds' success over the past two seasons, when the team lifted the UEFA Champions League, Premier League and FIFA Club World Cup titles.
However, the right-back has come in for a lot of criticism during the Reds' recent run of poor form, but former Germany star Dietmar Hamann thinks this is normal for any young player.
"The only thing that surprises me is that the blip didn't come earlier," the ex-Liverpool midfielder told Stadium Astro.
"If you play on a weekly basis, or every three days, the standard he has set has been exceptional. He has been faultless for two years.
"He has played over 100 games and is only 22. It is understandable that there has been a blip. I expected it to come a lot earlier.
"At the moment, there are hardly any other options at right-back. I think he needs a break but with the injuries and the players that are out, at the moment the manager feels he can't give him a rest.
"I think the criticism towards him is ridiculous. Both fullbacks have probably been the best two fullbacks in the world in the last two years. Now to have a go at a player who is still very young because he has had a few average games and hasn't had an assist for a few months is ridiculous.
"I think he's a quality player, so is (Andy) Robertson, and fatigue is just catching up with the pair of them. Once they have a break, will we see different players again.
"I hope he stays at Liverpool because, at the moment, there are not too many fullbacks around that can do what Alexander-Arnold does."