April 23, 2021

Ashley Cole advises Trent Alexander-Arnold on where he can improve his game

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Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole has sent words of wisdom to struggling Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Reds were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night, with Alexander-Arnold at fault for Los Blancos’ second goal.

The 22-year-old was flummoxed by Vinicius Junior’s movement throughout the first leg of the quarter-final tie, while his performance will have further hindered his hopes of making the England squad for this summer’s Euros.

Cole – who is widely regarded as one of the Three Lions’ finest ever full-backs – believes Alexander-Arnold must improve his starting position to better cope with his opponent’s movement.



Alexander-Arnold struggled against Brazilian wingers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo (pictured)
Alexander-Arnold struggled against Brazilian wingers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo (pictured)

“The area he can improve would be his feet patterns – movements which allows him to turn and match his opponents run or dribble,” wrote the 40-year-old on his Twitter account.

“If you can’t move them quick enough, it doesn’t matter how fast you are – you will get beat. Foot patterns will get you in defensive positions to turn quick.”



Cole explained how his compatriot can improve his defending
Cole explained how his compatriot can improve his defending

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Cole was responding to a CBS Sports video in which Alex Scott and Jamie Carragher demonstrated Alexander-Arnold’s defensive shortcomings.

The latter issued a damning verdict on the Liverpool star for being caught flat-footed, saying: “He doesn’t have that intensity in his legs and the focus to defend.

“This guy is not going to go past me. It’s like he feels like defending is not his job. [That he] should be on the ball.”

Carragher added: “I can understand when people say he’s out of position because he’s going forward. But when you’re there that’s got nothing to do with ‘I’m an attacking full-back, I don’t have to do this’.

“He’s not out of position, he’s in position – now he’s got to defend, and he’s got to make it difficult against top wingers at this level.”

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