Thu 16 March 2023 | 13:50

Carragher urges Liverpool to buy a righ-back as Trent Alexander-Arnold's defending is 'not good enough'

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says they need to buy a new right-back because Trent Alexander-Arnold's defending is not good enough.


lost with one goal against

Real Madrid

on Wednesday and was eliminated from the Champions League after a 6-2 loss on aggregate.

Jurgen Klopp’s side has now conceded more goals in all competitions this season than they did in the whole of last season, despite playing 23 more games.

After the game, Jamie Carragher once again criticised

Trent Alexander-Arnold's

defending and admitted that they need to sign a new right-back to compete with him.

He told CBS Sport:

"Where he is at the moment, and I've always defended him, in that he's played for one of the best teams in the world, and when you do that you do a lot more attacking than defending.

"We all know his defending isn't good enough. I don't think it will ever be good enough. We're talking about a player who's played 260 games. It's not going to massively improve now.

"When Liverpool drop off and aren't one of the best teams in Europe, like they have been for the last four years, now they're one of the pack going for the Champions League. Then you're doing more defending, and less attacking. You're seeing the worst traits of Trent, and not his strengths going forward.

"I thought this problem would rear its head when Klopp left, and maybe Liverpool dropped back to when I was a player, where most seasons we'd be trying to qualify for the top four.

"If Liverpool are trying to qualify for the Champions League on a yearly basis, I'm not sure Trent's your man. If Liverpool get back to being one of the best teams in Europe, he is your man. But, right now, the lad needs help.

"I do question or think about what are the messages he's getting on a daily basis, about his defending? Do they want more from him? The lack of intensity when he goes to press and close down is not there. It's a million miles away, and it's been shown up this season.

"I think it'll continue to be shown up until he's given help maybe off the pitch by the staff working on his defending a lot more, or they bring a right-back in.”

The 24-year-old Arnold has played in 262 matches for Liverpool since 2016, but Carragher believes he needs competition and urged Liverpool to sign a right-back.

"The problem they've got is that they've never had real competition in that position for Trent,"

he said.

"One of the reasons why is because he's been so good. Then you think, who do you buy? How much do you spend? For someone who's not going to play every week.

"The point Liverpool are at now, they've got to go and buy a right-back. That's Jurgen Klopp's call in terms of how good that right-back is, how much he costs. That lad needs serious competition. He's been playing now for five years at the top level, week-in, week-out, with no rest.

"That's going through every Liverpool supporters' mind, and Klopp's as well. Who do you buy in the summer? It was always felt it was midfield players, but it's defenders as well. Is this an off-season, or a decline from individual players who may need replacing."



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