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Garth Crooks contrasts ‘accomplished’ Trent Alexander-Arnold with ‘rash and unreliable’ Serge Aurier

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Garth Crooks contrasts ‘accomplished’ Trent Alexander-Arnold with ‘rash and unreliable’ Serge Aurier

Serge Aurier gave away the crucial penalty.

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has pointed out the difference between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur’s right-backs.

In his weekly feature on the BBC website, Crooks included Trent Alexander-Arnold in his team of the week. He raved about the Liverpool and England star while also slamming “rash and unreliable” Tottenham defender Serge Aurier.

Liverpool edged Tottenham out with a 2-1 win at Anfield. Aurier ended up being the villain for Spurs as he gave away a penalty with a clumsy challenge on Sadio Mane. Mo Salah converted the spot-kick.

Crooks on Alexander-Arnold

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Crooks was effusive in his praise for Alexander-Arnold after the game. He picked out one pass by the 21-year-old in particular to demonstrate his talent.

On the BBC website, Crooks said: “Trent Alexander-Arnold’s pass on the run for Sadio Mane in the first half was out of this world. There are very few full-backs who have such an acute appreciation of the sort of pass a striker needs but Alexander-Arnold is certainly one of them.

“More importantly he has the ability to provide the pass. Quite apart from anything else he is back to his best after what I thought was a shaky start to the season for such an accomplished youngster.”


TBR’s view: The sky is the limit for Alexander-Arnold, who is a vital cog in Jurgen Klopp’s plans. With his crossing ability and football intelligence, the Liverpool attack will always get impeccable service.

The England international’s assist haul (14 since the start of last season) is evidence of his creative ability. He is up there with one of the best crossers in world football and he is still so young.

Crooks on Aurier

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Aurier’s mistake cost Tottenham two points and Crooks is frustrated. In his feature, the former Tottenham striker wrote: “As for Spurs, when are they going to learn that Serge Aurier, as good a player as he can be on occasions, cannot be trusted? He is rash and unreliable.”

TBR’s view: Mauricio Pochettino has been reluctant to use Aurier in the past. And the Ivory Coast international’s recent performances show exactly why that is the case.

Crooks is right when he describes Aurier as “rash”. His red card against Leicester was costly, he could have been sent off against Bayern Munich and his foul on Mane led to Tottenham’s downfall. This is a priority for Pochettino in January.

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