Steve McMahon has pointed out Trent Alexander-Arnold’s biggest “weakness” this season, when speaking on TalkSPORT’s Liverpool v Everton commentary.

The former Liverpool man has spoken about Alexander-Arnold’s dip in form this season and the 22-year-old’s weakness according to McMahon.

When commentating on the Liverpool v Everton match for TalkSPORT, the 59-year-old said: “He has concerned me most of the season. He’s been fantastic for 18 months or so.”

“Maybe the hype has got to him, I’m not too sure, but certainly his performance levels have dropped dramatically whether or not it’s the team’s performance or what.”

The former Red believes that defending is actually the 22-year-old’s biggest flaw, given the fact that the Englishman is a full-back:

“Defending is certainly his weakness. It’s been a double whammy (with Virgil van Dijk being out injured).”

This is extremely concerning, having a defender that cant defend is pretty pointless.

Despite Alexander-Arnold usually pushing high up the pitch and joining the attack, the role of a full-back at the end of the day is too defend, and let the forward players lead the attack.

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Alexander-Arnold – offering nothing in attack this season

The 22-year-old’s defensive issues could be simply overlooked if the full-back was putting up some big numbers in terms of assists and goals.

 

However, this season Alexander-Arnold has been nowhere his best. Getting just three assists and one goal in 23 Premier League outings.

The Englishman hasn’t even scored in the UEFA Champions League but has registered two assists so far.

If his defensive weaknesses aren’t going to be fixable overnight, the 22-year-old at least needs to be boosting his numbers going forward. Otherwise, it’s very hard to see what he’s bringing to this Liverpool side.

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Alexander-Arnold vs Aaron Cresswell

Despite playing on different sides of the pitch, both Aaron Cresswell and Alexander-Arnold are attacking-minded full-backs.

Cresswell has no goals in the Premier league this season, but does have a very impressive six assists for West Ham.

The Liverpool man makes slightly more tackles and interceptions per game. With the 22-year-old making 1.7 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per match.

Whereas the Irons man makes just 1 tackle and 1 interception on average – which isn’t a huge difference.

However, Cresswell does make more clearances (1.9) and commits fewer fouls (0.3) per games than Alexander-Arnold.

Either way, the fact that Cresswell is competitive against one of the most talked about English players, is both impressive and concerning – depending on which team you support.

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