Gary Neville says Trent Alexander-Arnold needs to improve defensively despite the Sky Sports pundit describing the Liverpool FC star as a world-class right-back.
The 21-year-old proved to be one of Liverpool FC’s main creative threats in the 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur as the England international pushed forward from right-back.
Alexander-Arnold showcased his range of passing and his excellent vision to create some brilliant chances for his team-mates either side of half-time at Anfield.
Although Tottenham struggled to contain Alexander-Arnold going forward, Spurs did have some joy when mounting attacks down the right side of Liverpool FC’s defence.
The Premier League leaders came from behind to seal a 2-1 victory over Spurs after goals from Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah cancelled out Harry Kane’s header within the first minute.
Former Manchester United defender Neville believes Alexander-Arnold is a brilliant attacking full-back – but he wants to see the Liverpool FC star make improvements defensively.
“Liverpool’s full-backs are quite simply sensational,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold is amazing. From the moment I laid eyes on him in that first game at Old Trafford his temperament was amazing. To be thrown in during that game, he was outstanding from minute one.
“But now, he’s getting to a point where he’s one of the best full-backs I’ve ever seen going forward – his passing is unbelievable.
“But the three Tottenham chances today, the Son one where he hits the bar he should’ve been nearer, the goal he should’ve stopped him coming inside, and the Rose one at the end, he got caught and dived in.
“He’s got to become as serious about his defending as he is about his attacking, and you’ve got a world-class full-back there
“Tottenham could have scored two or three and he could’ve been sat on a losing team or a team that drew because of his defensive play. If he looks at that, it’s an epitome of what his game is.”
Alexander-Arnold has scored one goal and has made two assists in 10 games in the Premier League so far this season.
The Liverpool FC star has been a regular in Jurgen Klopp’s team over the past two and a half seasons.
Alexander-Arnold has contributed three goals and 15 assists since establishing himself as Klopp’s first-choice right-back.
Liverpool FC will make the trip to Aston Villa in their next fixture on Saturday afternoon.
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