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Jurgen Klopp dismantles the myth Trent Alexander-Arnold can't defend with fascinating analysis, he was livid

Daniel Marland

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Jurgen Klopp dismantles the myth Trent Alexander-Arnold can't defend with fascinating analysis, he was livid

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has addressed the claims Trent Alexander-Arnold can't defend.

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Alexander-Arnold didn't feature for England during September's internationals and his place at this winter's World Cup in Qatar is in jeopardy.

Klopp was asked about Gareth Southgate dropping Alexander-Arnold from the Three Lions squad ahead of Liverpool's clash with Brighton and he replied: "My honest opinion would create headlines."

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Later on in his pre-match press conference, the German coach would go on to explain exactly how Liverpool play and how the full-back fits into that.

Alexander-Arnold and left-back Andy Robertson drive forward and are a key part of Liverpool's attack. Both players are important to the high press and have a wicked cross on them as well.

Klopp said: "The way we play, for example, if you are not a football specialist, if we do high press, very often, not always, but very often Trent is the highest of all three in the back, so it means in the high-press situation, he's the one who goes to arrive – and that's the way we play football. Now you can say, 'Yeah, then defend better.' You cannot have everything.

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"So if you want a high press, you need players in specific positions.

"Either way, we put a striker a bit wider to cover that area and the midfield a bit higher, or we cover the last line with three players, plus Fabinho or whoever plays the six and have him higher."

A common criticism of Alexander-Arnold is his lack of positional awareness.

"The 23-year-old often leaves gaps at the back and the right-sided centre back has to cover him.

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Klopp claims that is a 'risk' of his tactics and Alexander-Arnold is only following his instructions.

He continued: "So now we don't get the ball there and the next ball goes long on that side, yeah, now Joel [Matip], Joey [Gomez], Ibou [Konate], whoever on that side plays, has to cover that, and that's fine. It's the risk we take, it's not a crazy risk. We win the ball in nine out of 10 times but in that one moment where we don't win it, people ask, 'Where's Trent?' And that's a question I don't understand.

"Everybody who watches football that often, that long, why you would then say, 'Yeah, that's his main job'? But I told him he has to be there."

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The whole explanation is fascinating and puts into perspective how harsh the criticism of Alexander-Arnold is.

Liverpool have won two Premier League games this season and currently sit eighth in the table. They return to action on Saturday afternoon.

Featured Image Credit: Liverpool & Alamy

Topics: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp

Daniel Marland
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