Carragher says Alexander-Arnold has one thing missing from his armoury

Date published: Tuesday 3rd September 2019 4:26

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Jamie Carragher believes that if Trent Alexander-Arnold can add more goals to his game at Liverpool then he can go on to greatness.

The Liverpool full-back scored only once last season in 40 appearances, whilst collecting 16 assists, but he was almost off the mark over the weekend in the win at Burnley.

The England man’s attempted cross looped into the net in the 33rd minute at Turf Moor to hand the Reds with the goal initially looking like his. However, replays quickly showed that his cross had hot Chris Wood and the goal went down as an own goal.

Further goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino put Liverpool further ahead as the Reds eventually claimed a 3-0 win and Carragher says that if Alexander-Arnold can start to add goals to his already impressive game the 20-year-old could go on to be a Liverpool legend.

Carragher told Sky Sports: “Yes, he’s a completely different full-back to me. He actually said there were four or five world-class right-backs going for the England squad.

“He probably included himself in that and rightly so. What he did [against Burnley] was he was a lot better defensively.

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“Jurgen Klopp said last week that Trent had a few problems at the start of the season, different things. Sometimes you forget how young he is, the level he’s playing at and what he’s achieved at this age now.

“The one thing lacking from him and [Andy] Robertson is probably goals. We talk about their assists so often but you think of great goalscoring full-backs of the past.

“He probably could do with getting a few more goals to maybe just take him up even higher.  He coped well with Dwight McNeil on that side, a lot of long balls, covering round. That’s something that’s been aimed at him and he’s come through with flying colours.”

 

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The win at Burnley was Liverpool’s first clean sheet of the seasonand Alexander-Arnold acknowledged the importnace: “It’s massive. That was the one [thing] we’ve probably been missing so far this season, the clean sheets,” he told Liverpool’s official website.

“It’s been a bit frustrating not being able to get them but we’ve showed we are able to get them, especially at a tough place like this where not many teams do. ‘But we’ve done really well and hopefully it can get the ball rolling in terms of clean sheets.”

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