By Richard Parks
Alan Shearer has highlighted “vulnerable” Trent Alexander-Arnold as the weak link in the Liverpool team ahead of their Champions League double header against Manchester City.
The right-back, 19, has been tormented by Marcus Rashford and Wilfried Saha in recent matches, and will come up against the in-form Leroy Sane in the first leg of the European clash on Wednesday night at Anfield.
Match of the Day pundit Shearer believes Liverpool have improved since the signing of Virgil van Dijk but their defence is still their most vulnerable point and Alexander-Arnold is the weakest link in the chain.
“It may be at the back where Liverpool will be let down over two legs [against Man City].” Shearer wrote in the Sun.
“Jurgen Klopp has tried to address that problem with the purchase of Virgil van Dijk for £75million in January. Yet still against Palace on Saturday we saw how they can be cut open.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold looked particularly vulnerable at full-back in the first half against Wilfried Zaha while Christian Benteke was gifted two great chances, which he should have scored.”
Alexander-Arnold is almost certain to start on Wednesday as Joe Gomez, his rival for most of the season, is out injured and fit-again senior man Nathaniel Clyne has not had a single minute of action all season after serious back problems. It is unlikely he will be unleashed into the starting XI for such a demanding fixture and against such quality opposition. Expect Alexander-Arnold to start, and expect him to be urged to play on the front foot against City and push their own left-sided players into their own half. He was excellent in the second half against Palace at the weekend, when Wilfried Zaha didn’t get a sniff. Attack is the best form of defence for Liverpool.
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