Danny Mills says that the potential Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold possesses is “scary” but that he is a long way away from the finished article at Anfield.
The former Manchester City and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 20-year-old still has plenty to learn when it comes to his defensive contribution, having established a reputation as a marauding wing-back under Jurgen Klopp.
The starlet found himself exposed in the club’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday, Jetro Willems taking advantage of the space down the Reds’ right-hand side to score the opening goal.
Mills says that the youngster is still growing as a player but that Klopp needs to ensure he does not take away from the defender’s attacking qualities moving forward.
Mills told Football Insider: “I think we forget that Trent is still a very young man. In terms of his footballing development he is still incredibly young – we mustn’t forget that.
“He’s still got an awful lot to learn, he is nowhere near the finished article which is scary for some because he’s only going to get better.
“Occasionally he can get caught out positionally at times, that’s nothing to be with being a bad player. Every now and then he might get a little caught out too high up the pitch with that eagerness to get forward. He will learn that, that will come with experience. You have to be careful not to curtail his assets going forward.”
Alexander-Arnold has established himself as Liverpool’s first-choice right-back since his breakthrough from the youth system, while he has also found himself battling with the likes of Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier for a role in the England side.
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