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Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher thinks struggling youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold should contact Steven Gerrard to help him overcome his recent poor form. The right-back was disappointing again as the Reds slipped to a shock defeat against Burnley on Thursday night.
Alexander-Arnold had a poor game as Liverpool struggled against Burnley on Thursday night.
Liverpool have been poor going forward since Virgil van Dijk suffered his ACL injury, and in recent games have been dismal in front of goal.
The front three have been starved of opportunities, and there have been barely any goals coming from elsewhere either.
Alexander-Arnold, who had provided six assists from his first 17 games last season, has only managed to contribute two this season.
He broke a Premier League record against the Clarets by having a 0% success rate from his 18 crosses from open play.
But Carragher believes it’s important to remember that Alexander-Arnold is still young and is still developing his game.
Writing in his column for the Telegraph, the former Liverpool defender explained that Gerrard went through a similar poor spell of form when he was a youngster.
He urged Alexander-Arnold to contact Gerrard, now the head coach of Rangers, and ask him for advice.
“We too easily forget that Trent Alexander-Arnold is only 22,” Carragher explained.
“Trent could do worse than share a private call with Steven Gerrard.
“I remember well how Stevie overcame a slight dip after his first initial breakthrough into the first team, guided back to his best. It happens.”
Former Liverpool player Dominic Matteo believes Jurgen Klopp needs to put his arm around Alexander-Arnold’s shoulder and talk to him about his positional play.
“I don’t think Trent has been poor enough to be left out,” Matteo said to Stadium Astro, via TeamTalk.
“Neco Williams is a good young player and he’s had some opportunities. He will get more opportunities, but Trent is a good player. It’s just a conversation about his positional play.
“I think Trent is probably one of the best full-backs in world football – the awards he has won and everything he has achieved. But, I still think there is a place for him to improve on his defending.
“If that is where you are going to play, as a right-back, then you have to be able to defend as well.”
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