Agbonlahor issues 'shock' Trent Alexander-Arnold claim as Liverpool footage emerges
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been “shocking” in recent games for Liverpool, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker questioned Alexander-Arnold’s desire to defend.
The 23-year-old has come under scrutiny with Liverpool only keeping one clean sheet in their previous four games.
In the 2-1 win over Ajax on Tuesday night (13 September), he let Steven Berghuis run in behind him before he provided the assist for Mohammed Kudus’ goal.
“Trent does not want to defend,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“If someone runs past him, he jogs back. The basics of being a defender are defending.
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“Yes, the new era of a defender is so good going forward but I think a manager would take someone who can defend over someone who goes forward. Trent is not doing that.
“I look at Jordan Henderson and he’s not got the same legs as he did before so he’s not going to be able to keep covering him.
“Sometimes as a right-back, you’ve just got to defend. You can’t look for help.
“Look at Reece James. Who covers Reece James and helps him?
“The thing with Trent that I didn’t like is yes, you can get outpaced, out strengthened and out skilled but he’s not showing the passion to defend.
“Against Napoli, some of his defending was actually shocking. Against Man United as well.
“Players will go past him, he’ll pass them on to someone else and he won’t cover who has covered him. If someone’s gone past Trent and he passes it onto James Milner, you’ve got to cover Milner because someone will be free. He’s not doing that.
“He’s not even trying to cover the person who has covered him. It’s like he relaxes, they score and he thinks ‘Everyone says I can’t defend anyway, I’m an attacking right-back’.
“That’s going to cost you a place at the World Cup. If I’m Southgate, I’m not picking him. I know he can score a screamer and his distribution is very good but Reece James can do that and Kyle Walker is more responsible defensively.”