If Trent Alexander-Arnold couldn’t defend he wouldn’t play for Liverpool, claims Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit out at criticism of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defense and revealed that if the right-back can’t defend he won’t play for them. The 23-year-old has been a creative linchpin for the Reds, contributing 72 goals in just over 200 games.

In recent years, few defenders have been as consistent and deadly in the final third as Trent Alexander-Arnold with the right-back on the rise for Liverpool. That even includes during the Reds’ 2020/21 season, where injury plagued the Liverpool side barely finishing third on the table. But yet, the 23-year-old managed to contribute 11 goals in all competitions and help the Reds finish third, with him contributing 36 goals in the previous two seasons.

However, Alexander-Arnold’s form, offensively, only resumed that tenure with 18 goal contributions in just 32 games for Liverpool. Not only that, the full-back has improved in all facets of his game and that includes the defence, which has seen Jurgen Klopp defend it amid criticism. The Liverpool boss believes the full-back is a good defender and also admitted that ‘his defense is not a problem’ for the club to address.

“Absolutely I don’t understand that, it’s true, but I don’t think I’ll change that with anything I say. But if he couldn’t defend he wouldn’t be playing here – at least not at this He has improved in all departments and in defense of course too but he is so young he can improve and needs to improve but yeah his defense is not a problem we have Klopp said, Goal reported.

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