Charlie Nicholas believes that Aston Villa’s Trezeguet could be a threat on Saturday afternoon when they host Liverpool in the Premier League.
The teams lock horns together in the Premier League and have also been drawn against each other in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup.
Villa currently sit 15th in the Premier League table three points above the drop zone and their aim is avoiding relegation on their return to the top-flight.
Dean Smith’s side should see it as a free hit against league leaders Liverpool, who are six points clear at the top and the reigning Champions League holders.
But Sky Sports pundit Nicholas feels that Villa speed machine Trezeguet could be a threat in ideas.
He believes that he could exploit Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who does at times get caught out with his back to goal considering he often flies forward to offer so much to the attack.
“It could be Trezeguet who could hurt Liverpool, especially in these wide areas. Everybody has seen with Trent Alexander-Arnold that he is unbelievable going forward but can leave gaps at the back, so how do you expose it?” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“It is the wide areas where Liverpool can win and lose games, and this area could be damaging for Villa, who will try and play.”
Trezeguet does have pace and skill that makes him a threat on the counter attack, but it’s not quite happened for him since he joined Villa in the summer and he’s struggling for form.
He had a quiet game in midweek during the Carabao Cup win over Wolverhampton Wanderers and is yet to score in his 11 appearances across all competitions.
It would be a surprise to see him really announce himself against a quality Liverpool backline, but perhaps their only weakness would be Alexander-Arnold.
It’s likely that Trezeguet will spend most of his time tracking back defensively, but he could leave Alexander-Arnold for dead in a foot race.