He is Liverpool weakness - Michael Owen's verdict on Trent Alexander-Arnold


Michael Owen has said Trent Alexander-Arnold was one of Liverpool's greatest attacking partners, but also their weakness

Michael Owen

Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold has come under scrutiny for his defensive weaknesses. The right-back endured another scorching afternoon as Liverpool were beaten 3-3 by Brighton.

The Reds will meet Rangers in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Liverpool and England striker legend Michael Owen saw Alexander-Arnold embarrassed by Napoli in his Champions League opener and his defensive fragility has been highlighted ever since.

"Most teams that play Liverpool see Trent as one of the biggest attacking threats they need to stop. For the same reason, they'll also say their best chance of getting in is with him," Owen said.

"Jordan Henderson has tended to try and cover for him but sometimes Jordan is not playing and that has been a cause for concern in certain games. One of Liverpool's biggest strengths can also be one of their biggest weaknesses.

"(Rangers winger) Ryan Kent will obviously know that. I'm sure he still watches Liverpool and there will be a huge part of him that is fond of the club.

"If you are an opposing manager you are looking for a player to make those out-to-in runs, especially if Trent vacates.

"Liverpool have a lot of the ball at Anfield so Trent is going to be sucked into those advanced positions.

"If Rangers can win it and be brave enough to leave Kent in almost cheating positions, they could counter-attack with a bit of force."

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