Trent Alexander-Arnold’s poor form ‘can’t continue’ for Liverpool as Jamie Carragher called on his former club to sign another right-back.
Alexander-Arnold endured another tough night against Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Junior as Liverpool crashed out of the Champions League with a 1-0 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, this season such performances have been the norm for Alexander-Arnold, often against opponents of much more modest ability.
Having established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in world football in previous campaigns, there are now concerns about Alexander-Arnold’s form.
Anfield great Carragher, as CBS Sports pundit, said: “This is very, very disturbing – not just for Liverpool as a team; for him. This can’t go on, what happened to him this season and how many times he lacked protection.”
Signing another right-back to compete with or replace Alexander-Arnold would be the solution, Carragher continued.
“The problem they’ve had in this position is that they’ve never had real competition for Trent Alexander-Arnold,” he said.
“One of the reasons is that he was so good. You think: who are you buying? How much do you spend on someone who isn’t really going to play every week?
“But I think Liverpool are at the point where they need to go and buy a right back. It’s Jurgen Klopp’s decision in terms of how good this right-back is, how much he’s worth, but this guy needs some serious competition.
“He’s been playing for five years at the highest level, week after week, without rest.”
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Alexander-Arnold “needs help” according to Carragher, although he suggests that the defender’s shortcomings would not be as obvious if the rest of Liverpool played the way they used to.
“I always defended him because he played for one of the best teams in the world and when you play for one of the best teams in the world like Liverpool, you attack a lot more than you defend. Carragher said.
“We all know that his defense is not good enough and I don’t think it will ever be good enough. We are talking about a player who has played 260 games; it’s not going to massively improve now.
“So when Liverpool go down and are not one of the best teams in Europe as they have been for the last four years and now they are one of those going to the Champions League, then you are more defensive. , less offensive.
“You see the worst of Trent and now his strengths. This is a massive problem.
“I thought this issue would rear its head when Klopp left and Liverpool were back to where they were when I was a player, trying to get into the top four most seasons.
“If Liverpool are trying to get into the Champions League every year, I’m not sure that Trent will suit you at right back.
“If Liverpool become one of the best teams in Europe again, which they are trying to do next season, he is your man.”