Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Liverpool need quality cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold

Another Champions League night, another Trent Alexander-Arnold masterclass receiving praise from all corners of the British media.

Mark Lawrenson was effusive in his praise for the Liverpool full-back as the Scouser grabbed two assists in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

“If anyone needs convincing that Trent Alexander-Arnold should be England’s first-choice right-back, his performance against Atletico Madrid is a good place to start,” Lawrenson wrote on BBC Sport.

Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

“I am not one of those who needs reminding of how good Trent is, but he still produces moments like his cross for Liverpool’s first goal in their win on Wednesday that just make you go ‘wow’.

“That kind of quality is what makes him a very special player indeed – and for me he is the best of a very good bunch that England have in his position.

“It’s a close call between him and Chelsea’s Reece James but, as good as James is going forward, he just does not have the same absolutely top-class delivery that Trent does. That’s what counts for me.”

My Revenge On Ben Foster

All this praise for Trent, who is reportedly on £160,000 per week, further underlines Liverpool’s need for cover for the 23-year-old.

He is the best in his position in the Premier League and arguably the world, with Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo the only full-back on the planet currently operating at his level.

It is a myth that he can’t defend and it’s the only area of his game you can criticise. He is so good at attacking it is almost ridiculous that he plays as a full-back, but Liverpool are terribly exposed by not having adequate cover for him.

If injury strikes, Jurgen Klopp will be in a world of hurt. It’s the same for Mo Salah, who has nobody to step up if gets injured or needs a rest and in the New Year, when he jets off for AFCON, we will see just how well Liverpool can do without their talisman.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know
or Comment Below
LOGIN to Comment
LOGIN to Comment