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Gary Neville gives incredible defending lesson to Trent Alexander-Arnold, it's a fascinating watch

Josh Lawless

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Gary Neville gives incredible defending lesson to Trent Alexander-Arnold, it's a fascinating watch

Gary Neville gave Trent Alexander-Arnold a fascinating lesson in how to defend as a full-back on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.

Despite his incredible ability on the ball and "obscene" numbers, Alexander-Arnold's defensive qualities have been questioned on a regular basis.

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That prompted manager Jurgen Klopp to passionately defend his player and explain that the England international only becomes exposed because of the role he is being asked to play.

Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are encouraged to play high up the pitch and that often leaves gaps in behind.

On MNF, Neville showed praised on Alexander-Arnold going forward, comparing him to Brazil legend Cafu and salivating over his creative output.


Yet, in a detailed analysis piece, the former Manchester United captain instructed his fellow right-back on how to improve at the "basics" of defending.

Neville was up and out of his seat, giving a live demo to stress the need for the correct body shape while defending, claiming Alexander-Arnold "always jogs out in an upright position".

The former Valencia coach talked about his time spent with a movement coach in Newcastle for two summers and the impact it had on him.

He believes the 23-year-old has the potential to be the best right back ever and said, "No full-back that I've ever seen in this country can do what he can do".

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

But in order to do that, Neville, capped 85 times by England, feels there are four areas where Alexander-Arnold must get better.

They include: scanning when defending his far post, sprinting back, keeping a low and crouched body position, and checking distances.

He showed clips of where Alexander-Arnold has fallen short of these principles of full-back play to back up his points - including the 3-3 draw with Brighton at Anfield this past weekend.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

Alexander-Arnold has 14 goals and 62 assists in 236 games for his boyhood club, with whom he's won every trophy available to him.

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Topics: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool, Gary Neville

Josh Lawless
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