Jamie Carragher bites back at reporter, as he says Trent Alexander-Arnold is NOT good enough to have in Liverpool’s team when they have to defend… and doubles down on calling for a new right back signing
- Jamie Carragher went back-and-forth with a reporter online on Wednesday night
- He critiqued Alexander-Arnold’s display in Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Real Madrid
- The pundit called for Jurgen Klopp’s side to sign a new full-back for competition
Jamie Carragher has doubled down on his criticisms of Trent Alexander-Arnold following a heated back-and-forth exchange with a reporter on social media.
The Liverpool legend, after the Reds’ 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid, claimed that the England international ‘needs serious competition’ at right-back in order to get back to his best.
Carragher went full blast on the Liverpool full-back, during his punditry duty for CBS Sports, and insisted that Alexander-Arnold’s performances had become ‘worrying’.
His comments were met with backlash, as fans listed the many accolades that the 24-year-old has won in his Liverpool career but Carragher quickly fired back and doubled down on his claims.
David Lynch, a reporter for Football Insider, responded to Carragher’s comments, and said: ‘Clearly, Alexander-Arnold isn’t having his best season (which Liverpool player is?) but we’re talking about a player who has played in three Champions League finals and won every club honour available by the age of 24 here. Bizarre that he is such a lightning rod for criticism.’
Jamie Carragher doubled down on his criticisms of Trent Alexander-Arnold on Wednesday
The former Liverpool defender claimed the right-back needs ‘serious competition’ at the club
Carragher then quickly replied in a series of tweets. He said: ‘It’s bizarre you watch this clip & still don’t understand the analysis.
‘If Liverpool are attacking more he’s the best to have in that role, if they defend more he’s not. It depends on the quality of the team if his strength or weakness is shown up more.
‘You mention what Trent has won, I also do that in the clip & say how proud I am of him & that he has won a lot more than me! But does that mean we can never analyse or critique anyone from this team?!!’
One user on social media was quick to agree with Carragher and claimed that Alexander-Arnold cannot be a ‘right-back for a defending team’.
The former Liverpool captain quickly replied with a ‘100’ emoji – which is typically used when in agreement with something – and another message.
‘You want Trent on the ball in the inside & outside right positions whether he is a full back or midfielder!’, he wrote.
Alexander-Arnold struggled throughout Liverpool’s trip to the Santiago Bernabeu, where he was tasked with marking Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior.
His performances in defence left a lot to be desired and the full-back received some brutal criticisms from Carragher, who was an analyst on CBS Sports.
Carragher had a heated back-and-forth with a reporter over his comments on the full-back
Alexander-Arnold came under fire for his defensive performance against Real Madrid
‘It’s very, very worrying,’ Carragher told CBS Sports. ‘Not just for Liverpool as a team, but for him. And what I mean by that is, this can’t continue, what’s happened this season and the amount of times he’s been lacking defensively.
‘The problem they’ve got in that position is, they’ve never had real competition for Trent Alexander-Arnold. And one of the reasons for that is because he’s been so good. You’re then thinking “Who do you buy?”. How much do you spend for someone who’s not really going to play every week?
‘I think Liverpool are at the point now where they have got to go buy a right-back. It’s Jurgen Klopp’s decision how good that right-back is, how much he costs, but that lad needs serious competition. He’s been playing now at the top level every season, week in week out with no rest.
‘He’s won everything, he’s been fantastic and he’s done everything I could ever dream of. I’m so proud of him, a local lad coming through the ranks. But he needs help. At the end of this season, he needs to have a long think about where he is as a right-back.’
The England international has struggled for form amid Liverpool’s turbulent campaign
The Reds headed into the second leg at the Bernabeu hoping to overturn a 5-2 deficit after a disastrous result in the first leg at Anfield last month.
However, despite a bright start, they struggled to assert their influence on the game and Real Madrid endured a comfortable evening before Karim Benzema helped to secure a 1-0 win for Los Blancos.
The 6-2 aggregate defeat was Liverpool’s heaviest ever in European football.
In truth, the game encapsulated much of the Reds’ season, with Jurgen Klopp’s side having badly struggled throughout this campaign and in a fight to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
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