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Trent Alexander-Arnold slated for defensive performance against Arsenal

Josh Lawless

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Trent Alexander-Arnold slated for defensive performance against Arsenal

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been brutally rinsed online after being deemed responsible for both of Liverpool's goals conceded against Arsenal.

Liverpool found themselves 1-0 down inside a minute at the Emirates, with Gabriel Martinelli giving the hosts the perfect start.

Martin Odegaard threaded through a glorious pass in behind for Martinelli to finish past Alisson Becker, but Alexander-Arnold's positioning was very much questionable and he failed to cut out the pass.

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Liverpool levelled through Darwin Nunez but Arsenal were back in the lead on the stroke of half-time, with Alexander-Arnold again culpable.

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Mikel Arteta's men countered with pace but the England international was extremely naive in going towards the ball instead of marking Gabriel, who dummied the ball and allowed Bukayo Saka to tap in at the far post.

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And social media came down hard on Alexander-Arnold, who is regularly questioned for his defensive abilities:

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Alexander-Arnold did suffer a nasty injury in the first half and after being caught out all too often, Jurgen Klopp elected to withdraw the 24-year-old and replace him for Joe Gomez.

His attacking qualities have never been in doubt, as demonstrated with his sublime free-kick against Rangers at Anfield in the Champions League in midweek.

But Alexander-Arnold has been exposed on plenty of occasions this term, leading to Klopp passionately defending him in a press conference and claiming the reason for that is simply the way the team plays.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

On Monday Night Football, former England right-back Gary Neville tipped Alexander-Arnold to become the best right-back in history but did also provide a lecture on how he can improve on the basics of defending.

Neville gave a live demo to stress the need for the correct body shape while defending, claiming Alexander-Arnold "always jogs out in an upright position" and needs to get better at scanning and managing distances.

Featured Image Credit: Image: Sky Sports

Topics: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool, Arsenal

Josh Lawless
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