Jamie Carragher believes Trent Alexander-Arnold must improve the defensive side of his game if he is to reach the next level.
The Sky Sports pundit and Anfield legend has dished out plenty of positives about the 21-year-old in recent times, but has noticed recently that his actual defending could do with a bit of work – specifically his urgency in tracking back.
Analysing Liverpool-Palace from the weekend, he said on Monday Night Football (quoted by The Echo): “Trent [Alexander-Arnold] loses the ball [in midfield], he’s in like a fight with Zaha and it’s tough.
“But this is my biggest problem right now with Trent, you have to sprint back but he’s jogging.
“I think if he gets back quick enough, he actually gets goalside and maybe forces the Palace attacker to make a different pass. But because of that initial lack of panic, you’d usually have that panic to get back.”
“I’ve seen it a lot now. I don’t know if it’s something that Jurgen Klopp mentioned or speaks to him about”
Carragher added that, while he wants to see him get better in the defensive phase, his position as a regular starter is obviously not under any threat.
TBR’s view – Trent’s defending will come in time
Alexander-Arnold is not a bad defender, but neither is he stellar.
Fortunately right now in the current system, his present level gets him by and then obviously he has world-class technical ability which comes in extremely handy in the final third.
He is still only 21 years old, and one would assume that side of his game will eventually catch up.
Realistically, it is very harsh to find fault in his game given what he has achieved and how he has worked.