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Aldridge supports Alexander-Arnold to grow from criticism


That’s the view of former Liverpool striker John Aldridge, who discussed Alexander-Arnold’s recent struggles.

The right-back’s performances have been scrutinized since the start of the campaign after a series of poor defensive displays.

Alexander-Arnold had already faced a struggle to make England’s World Cup squad before contributing to Liverpool’s stunning run of results.

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate did not use Alexander-Arnold in September’s internationals as he explained that team-mate Kieran Trippier “has an all-round game ahead of him”.

Alexander-Arnold’s club form has been consistent to say the least so far this season, and Aldridge is confident he’ll be back to his best soon.

“You’re looking at one of the best fullbacks in the world,” Aldridge told Stats Perform. “Attack wise, [he is] the best full back in the world without a doubt.

“He’s a local guy. He’s focused. He just needs to learn a little bit about his defensive responsibilities.

“But he’s got to be allowed to do what he’s doing and I think he’s been let down by the players in front of him and the midfield not protecting him this year either.

“So it’s not entirely his fault, but he seems to be getting the finger pointed all the time and what Gareth Southgate has done to him, I don’t think it’s done him any good.

“He’s a young guy, he’s experienced something like this for the first time. Everything was rosy for him.

“And you have to learn to take the rough with the smooth in football and he’ll come out of it and he’ll be a better player.”

Alexander-Arnold could still go to Qatar with England next month with injuries to Kyle Walker and Rhys James.

Aldridge said: “I think Rhys James is out now. Will he take Trent? If he doesn’t take it, he’s not the manager I thought he was and I think he’s done a very good job for England, Gareth.

“From my personal point of view, I’m going to be selfish and say I hope he doesn’t go. But if he wants to go, I hope he goes.”


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