Former United defender Rio Ferdinand claims Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold needs to work on his defensive attributes.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand criticised the full-back for not taking defending seriously. However, the former United man praised him for his attacking prowess upfront.
Alexander-Arnold scored the equaliser against Manchester City this weekend as the match ended in a 1:1 draw. He had a impressive outing at the Ethihad Stadium on Saturday.
But defensively, he was not his at his very best. Ferdinand believes that Alexander-Arnold needs to be more active when he defends against full-backs.
Ferdinand claims Alexander-Arnold has forgotten the fundamentals of defending
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ferdinand said :-
“I just look at him and think, on the ball he does things that we have rarely seen from a full-back with the ball.
“His passing, his range over varying distances, he can give it to you how you want it, curl it, the lot, right. Just have that same intensity defensively.
“This is the thing that makes me mad. I have seen him do it. I go back to the game when Sane at City was on fire. Come to Anfield, Trent locks him down one-v-one.
“It just looks like there’s a passiveness to when he has to defend. There is no intensity. Even when he goes into engage a winger, I don’t see that soft bending the knees ready to accelerate and ready to explode, ready for a one-v-one.
“He goes in like he has forgotten about the fundamentals of defending in one-v-one situations.”
Despite his defensive lapses, Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the best right-backs in the world. He has been one of the key player for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp.
However, the England international needs to work on his defensive attributes. He needs to focus more on stopping stopping attacks.
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