Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defensive weaknesses are ‘an actual situation’ for Liverpool, in line with talkSPORT pundit Dean Ashton.
The previous Premier League striker was at Selhurst Park to look at the champions’ unbelievable 7-Zero victory over Crystal Palace, however Jurgen Klopp’s aspect weren’t with out their points.
Whereas they have been completely ruthless in assault, with Takumi Minamino, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino [twice], Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah [twice] all discovering the web with relative ease, on the again it was a really totally different story.
Palace have been proving an actual menace within the first-half, with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze and Patrick van Aanholt all having fun with loads of house on the left wing.
However the distinction between the 2 groups was clear in the way in which Liverpool took their possibilities, whereas Palace… didn’t.
With Liverpool main 1-0, Roy Hodgson’s aspect had a bunch of alternatives to stage the match and actually take the sport to the Reds, just for some really dreadful passing and decision-making within the remaining third to break each single one.
Liverpool, in the meantime, took their possibilities with scientific effectivity.
However Ashton wasn’t fast to overlook the apparent points the Reds have on the again, the place a extra scientific crew would have taken benefit of the quite a few gaps of their back-four.
And he believes their flying full-backs, and England worldwide Alexander-Arnold particularly, are presenting an enormous downside for Klopp to resolve.
“Trent Alexander Arnold and Joel Matip have gotten an actual situation,” Ashton stated throughout the match.
“Clearly Trent desires to push ahead and be that outlet on the correct hand aspect, however Eze and Zaha are actually hugging that proper hand aspect, interchanging positions and making an attempt to get a two-vs-one in opposition to the full-back and Matip isn’t coming throughout notably shortly.
“Alexander-Arnold, so typically his physique place isn’t nice, he very a lot watches the ball fairly than the person and could be caught time and time once more in these positions.”
It was a fairly freak scoreline given the probabilities for Palace, who have been punished fairly brutally for not taking their alternatives once they got here alongside within the first-half.
And Ashton was surprised at how unhealthy the Eagles have been within the remaining third.
The talkSPORT pundit added: “Palace have been so sloppy, the quantity of alternatives which have opened up as a result of Liverpool aren’t fairly as sharp defensively due to the 2 full backs going excessive up the pitch.
“However each time they’ve had a chance it’s been a slack cross or the flawed choice. It was very disappointing.
“Palace have actually lacked any high quality once they’ve damaged via; there have been loads of alternatives once they have been 1-Zero down, if they’d taken a type of it could have put Liverpool on the again foot and would have made them be somewhat bit extra cagey.
“However the high quality was so poor from all of the Crystal Palace gamers… as for the opposite finish, now that’s high quality.
“Instinctive, a calmness about the way in which Liverpool took their possibilities. It seemed enjoyable, like they have been having fun with themselves.”