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´I´ve not helped myself´ – Alexander-Arnold acknowledges defensive issues after Liverpool win

SoccerNews in English Premier League 31 Dec 2022

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Trent Alexander-Arnold says he has “not helped myself in certain situations” this season but the Liverpool full-back vowed to keep working on the defensive side of his game.

Alexander-Arnold has often come under the microscope for his defensive abilities as much as his offensive capabilities throughout his career.

His mixed form amid a tough campaign for Liverpool saw questions over his inclusion in England’s World Cup squad, but the 24-year-old impressed during his side’s ragged 2-1 win over Leicester City on Friday.

Speaking afterwards, Alexander-Arnold said he feels his defensive capabilities have been overly focused on.

“Part of me thinks there’s been a lot of spotlight on [my defending],” he told Sky Sports. “I think that was due to the World Cup coming up.

“People think that if I’m not playing then it is because of that reason and then people hone in on that.

“Some of it, I’ve not helped myself in certain situations. I’ll hold my hands up to that.

“In certain situations I could have been better, but it is a part of my game I do try to work on, and I focus on to try and help the team win games.

“Sometimes you are up against a world-class winger, and he is going to get the better of you, but there have been times when I could have done better.”

Jurgen Klopp praised Alexander-Arnold for his effort after a pair of Wout Faes own goals gifted Liverpool victory at Anfield, with the first deflected off the wing-back’s cross.

The Reds next travel to Brentford on Monday, having now strung together a four-game winning streak to keep the pressure up on the top four.

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