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Liverpool star branded ‘major weakness’ as Reds legend suggests Inter Milan could overturn deficit

Ivan Perisic, Trent Alexander-Arnold during Inter Milan v Liverpool

Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been labelled the ‘weakest link’ in the Reds side, with one Anfield legend suggesting Inter Milan still have hopes of mounting a surprise Champions League fightback.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were given a taste of their own medicine for 75 minutes against Inter Milan. The Serie A champions pressed high and fought every battle in the middle of the park. At half-time, Inter were on top in the duels department and possession was split 50/50.

However, Liverpool kept their composure, with centre-back pairing Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate in particular excelling.

A 0-0 draw in the away leg would’ve been a handy result after the abolishment of away goals. However, substitute Roberto Firmino went one better when glancing home from a corner.

Mohamed Salah got in on the act after a largely quiet evening, putting Liverpool in the box seat with a two-goal lead ahead of the return leg at Anfield.

You can read our Player Ratings from the San Siro right here, with one man giving Klopp a major headache.

Indeed, Inter’s biggest threat probably came down the left flank with Ivan Perisic a big cause of problems for Liverpool.

Alexander-Arnold certainly found the going tough against him and was beaten more than once by the Croatian.

After the game, Fowler was quick to highlight what Alexander-Arnold brings to the Liverpool side in an attacking sense.

But from a defensive aspect, he claims he’s a major weakness – and claims all is not lost for Inter Milan yet.

Alexander-Arnold flaws exposed by Inter

“One of Liverpool’s strengths is Trent going forward. But also one of the weaknesses and we see that a lot of the time,” Fowler told BT Sport, as cited by the Daily Express.

“We see [Marcelo] Brozovic picking up the ball deep and we see [Alessandro] Bastoni the left centre-half and at times he played left wing-back.

“What he’s trying to do is create overloads. He wants to get in areas of the pitch where they can cause Liverpool problems.

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“They’re trying to get bodies into a certain area of the pitch and drag Liverpool players over.

“We see Trent over, we see Harvey Elliott, Fabinho in the middle.

“There’s four Liverpool players in and around the ball there. Straight away what you do there is you’re trying to create that press that they did from the defensive area into the mid third of the pitch.”

Rio Ferdinand agrees with Fowler

Fowler’s assessment was also met with agreement from fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand.

He reckons Inter could look to exploit the England man in the second leg.

Ferdinand added: “I would look to get in behind Trent because he’s so great going forward. And I think Klopp doesn’t want to actually bring him back and play him a bit deeper.

“We saw with [Andy] Robertson today, especially earlier in the game. He was firing on and then [Denzel] Dumfries was getting out on that side. And as the game went on Robertson put the handbrake on, stayed in that area then the space wasn’t there to be played in behind so much.

“The most dominant side the way they were trying to get out, for Inter, was that left side. But it’s almost like you’re taking away the best attributes of Trent to try and help defensively.

“I think he gives so much going forward, the risk reward we talk about playing high probably helps in that sense.”

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