'Look': Glenn Hoddle thinks 'sensational' Liverpool ace has a mental hurdle he must overcome
However, the England legend feels the Reds ace could do with a talking-to in terms of his defensive performances.
Alexander-Arnold, like a number of his Liverpool teammates, hasn’t exactly been at his best so far this season.
This has led to increasing criticism of the 23-year-old, with his defensive capabilities once again under scrutiny.
Hoddle believes Alexander-Arnold is a great defender, but currently has a mindset problem in need of “reassessing”.
The former Spurs boss stresses he’s seen the Liverpool ace defend properly and needs to overcome the mental hurdle.
“I saw him very young when they played Man City in the league and I thought he would be tested defensively,” Hoddle told the Seaman Says podcast.
“He was up against Sane and he was at his best there at City, he hadn’t fallen out with people at City at that point, and he was at it.
“He had him in his pocket and I thought this kid can defend as well as attack.
“What’s happened is that mentally, I’m from the outside looking in, but 80 per cent of his head is attacking not defensive, but I’ve seen him defend properly, and he has to get back to that again.
“He’s absolutely sensational, he’s more than a full-back, he’s a winger, and he can also pop up as a midfield player.
It’s a mental approach and someone needs to sit him down and say look I need you to prove to yourself you can defend, and then he’ll be back to himself. It’s about reassessing.”
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