NEWS… BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT
Jamie O’Hara blasted Trent Alexander-Arnold for his ‘League One defending’ as Liverpool were beaten 3-2 at Arsenal on Sunday.
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Alexander-Arnold’s defending came under fire once again for Arsenal’s first two goals and was replaced by Joe Gomez at half time due to an injury.
It has been an abysmal start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have fallen to 10th in the Premier League after winning just two of their opening eight games.
O’Hara feels right-back Alexander-Arnold is ‘Champions League’ level in an attacking sense – but defensively – he would not look out of place in League One, the third tier of English football.
‘If I was playing now against Liverpool, the first thing the manager would be saying is, ‘Get the ball out left, get one-on-one with Trent’, because defensively he’s a League One defender,’ O’Hara told talkSPORT.
‘It’s League One defending, but he’s Champions League going forwards. [Jurgen] Klopp knows that, he loves his attacking abilities, but defensively he’s all over the place.
‘The second goal, where’s he going? He’s Bambi on ice! I love Trent, he’s a fantastic player at a young age, won more than me in one season, but as a defender he is not good enough.
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‘He needs to work on his game, get a one-on-one coach and he needs to sort it out.’
Alexander-Arnold, 24, has 17 caps for England but could be snubbed for the World Cup in Qatar next month due to his poor form and the fact that he must compete with the likes of Chelsea’s Reece James and Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier.
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He has made 238 appearances for Liverpool since making his debut in the 2016-17 season and has helped the Reds win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.
Alexander-Arnold has also been named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year on three occasions.
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