'It's just madness': Klopp cannot believe what some people are still saying about 'phenomenal' Liverpool player
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'It's just madness': Klopp cannot believe what some people are still saying about 'phenomenal' Liverpool player

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit back at people who continue to say that Trent Alexander-Arnold cannot defend.

The Reds faced Arsenal at the Emirates last night and they were made to work hard. The Gunners looked really good in the first 50 minutes of the game, but in the end, Liverpool’s class showed.

Goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino in the space of eight minutes sealed the game for Liverpool and they are now just a point off Manchester City.

The race for the title is heating up but Klopp is now fed up with fans, pundits and the media’s constant criticism of Alexander-Arnold’s defensive abilities.

Jurgen Klopp: If you think Trent Alexander-Arnold cannot defend, you don’t understand football

Speaking in his press conference after the game, Klopp said, as per Liverpool’s official website: “I said it already before, but if one of you thinks still that Trent cannot defend then I’m sorry, you have no idea about football.

“Everybody who says that, it’s just madness.

“To play against Martinelli, what Hendo did running like 50 times to that side because in the second half we defended better and the only real option they had was to play the diagonal balls to Martinelli.

“Then you have these one-on-one situations (Martinelli vs Trent) constantly. These situations were the winner today; yes, we needed still to score goals, but that we defended them in these situations was essential.”

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Alexander-Arnold, labelled as ‘phenomenal’ by Rio Ferdinand, was really put to the test by Gabriel Martinelli last night.

The young Brazilian was undoubtedly Arsenal’s best player against the Reds and the only times the hosts looked threatening was when he got on the ball and drove forward.

Martinelli managed to dribble past Alexander-Arnold on a couple of occasions last night and if Arsenal’s attackers in the box were positioned better, Liverpool would’ve conceded.

However, the Reds come away with a clean sheet and Alexander-Arnold deserves credit.

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