'Really is interesting': Joe Cole reacts after what he's heard 24-year-old Liverpool player say in interview
Alexander-Arnold has developed into arguably the best attacking full-back in the world under Jurgen Klopp.
The 24-year-old has already provided 62 assists and scored 15 goals from right-back during his time at Anfield.
But after a rocky start to the season for the Reds, Alexander-Arnold has come under scrutiny for the defensive side of his game.
And the Englishman addressed the criticism in a recent interview with ITV.
“I would say there has been a lot of spotlight on my defending and a massive magnifying glass on this aspect of my game. I would say for me, obviously, like any part of my game, there are improvements to be made,” he said.
“There were instances where I could have made better decisions but at the same time, there have been instances I have defended really well. I think a lot of people like to shout about the mistakes and the ones I could have done better in rather than the ones I defended well. You defend three things well, one bad, they have a big chance and I have had a bad defensive game.
“I would say I am used to it, though. Over the last three or four years, I have had a lot of people saying good and bad. I would not say it has crossed the line. Everyone is entitled to it.
“People like to speak about what players cannot do and aren’t good at rather than the good things, the positives. For me, the only opinions that matter are from Gareth Southgate and Jurgen Klopp. No one else’s opinions matter.” as transcribed by the Mirror.
Now, Joe Cole has commented on the Liverpool man’s interview and says he ‘loves’ his attitude.
Joe Cole on Trent
Speaking on ITV’s coverage of Croatia vs Morocco this morning, Cole reacted to Alexander-Arnold’s comments.
“I would trust him, in a certain system, with a defensive plan he’s a fantastic player. His answers were brilliant, he’s mature, Trent is a top, top player – there’s no doubt about that. He’s not perfect, he’s improving,” he said.
“What he said there really is interesting. People always talk about what I can’t do and that’s become a theme with Trent. He’s having one of those moments in his career whenever he makes a mistake, he’s getting punished for it. Sometimes that happens.
“But you can’t forget what a weapon he is for England. Would you play him in a back four against [Kylian] Mbappe? Maybe not. Would you play him in a back five against most teams? I would, I like him.
“He’s got huge competition. [Kieran] Trippier’s a top player, Kyle Walker can play there. We’ve lost Reece James. We’re blessed in that area, we’ve got fantastic players.
“I love his attitude, I love his personality and his ability is unquestionable. At 24 I still think there is improvement from him.”
Alexander-Arnold faces a tough battle to break into Gareth Southgate’s side at the World Cup, even in the absence of Reece James.
The Liverpool man has found it difficult to nail down a place in the England side and was ruled out of last year’s Euros due to injury.
Trent will be delighted that he’s managed to make the squad this time around but will be eager to get his chance to impress Southgate in Qatar.
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