‘Alexander-Arnold needs to discover how to protect’ – Liverpool full-backs have space for improvement, says Matteo|Goal.com
The previous Reds protector admits that the Premier League champs have excellent alternatives available to them, however believes a change in method is needed
Trent Alexander-Arnold stays “one of the very best full-backs in world football”, states Dominic Matteo, however the out-of-sorts Liverpool star has been told that he requires to learn how to protect.
A 22-year-old Anfield academy graduate is seeing his worth questioned for the first time in his senior profession.
The England global has enjoyed a meteoric increase to prominence since bursting onto the scene as a gifted teenager, with Champions League and Premier League crowns caught.
Alexander-Arnold is thought about to embody what a contemporary day right-back is everything about, with his stock increasing on the back of a constant stream of helps from the flanks.
Final result has started to dry up in 2020-21, however, with Jurgen Klopp seeing standards on Merseyside dip across the field.
Alexander-Arnold has ended up being wasteful in possession, while often being captured out of position, and Matteo believes he needs to go back to fundamentals and enhance in the areas that matter a lot of.
The previous Liverpool protector informed Stadium Astro after witnessing a 1-0 defeat to Burnley: “When you have actually got players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Robertson, it’s really challenging to leave those two out.
” These are two of the fittest players in the league. If you put their statistics up versus anybody, they are so healthy. The something I really believe is that both of them require to do better – more so Trent.
” It’s not having a dig at Trent all the time here, however simply on his defensive responsibilities – Jamie Carragher has actually pulled it up a few times – it’s that sometimes he is getting forward a little bit prematurely. Often you require to take a few steps back and remain in a much better protective position.
” A couple of times when Burnley got in it was since Trent ran out position. If you are out of position, even versus the Burnleys, they will penalize you.
” That’s something we require to get better at, defensively when Trent is in those locations. He doesn’t get a great deal of assistance when he’s forward-thinking.
” You don’t have to bomb on every game, however that seems to be the method football is being played at the minute. Just sluggish things down and you will discover you have more time on the ball.”
Pressed even more on whether Klopp needs to be thinking about changes to his favoured starting XI, Matteo included: “I don’t believe Trent has actually been bad enough to be neglected.
” Neco Williams is a great young player and he’s had some chances. He will get more chances, but Trent is an excellent gamer. It’s simply a discussion about his positional play.
” I think Trent is most likely one of the best full-backs in world football – the awards he has actually won and whatever he has attained. However, I still think there is a location for him to improve on his protecting.
” If that is where you are going to play, as a right-back, then you need to have the ability to defend as well.
” It’s a professional position now since they are so forward-thinking. The opposite of it is that you need to have the ability to safeguard.
” Can he defend remarkably? At the minute he’s not doing that excellent. I make certain the improvement will come, it’s just about making the right decisions in specific video games.”
Alexander-Arnold has actually taken in 21 looks for Liverpool throughout all competitors this season, with 2 assists contributed in the Premier League and another couple in the Champions League – with the last of those beginning December 19 in a 7-0 win over Crystal Palace.