Andy Robertson hits back at 'heavy' criticism of Liverpool teammate

Andy Robertson has launched a passionate defence of Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold after the right-back endured another night to forget against Real Madrid.

The Reds’ Champions League dream went out with a whimper following a 1-0 defeat in the Bernabeu as the holders went through 6-2 on aggregate.

Alexander-Arnold’s defensive shortcomings were again exposed by Real’s rampant winger Vinicius Jr who created the only goal of the second leg for Karim Benzema after he pounced on another error from the Liverpool defender.

The 24-year-old’s latest blunder led to Jamie Carragher to question his place in Jurgen Klopp’s set-up and urged the Liverpool manager to sign a new right-back to provide competition.

‘What’s happened this season with him lacking defensively can’t continue,’ Carragher told CBS Sports. ‘The problem they have got in that position is they have never had real competition. And one of the reasons why is because he has been so good.

‘You think, who do you buy, how much do you spend for someone who is not really going to play every week. Liverpool are at the point now where they have got to go and buy a right-back. It’s Jurgen Klopp’s decision in terms of how good that right-back is and how much he costs.

‘But that lad needs serious competition. He has played at that top level, week in week out for five years. He’s done fantastic and I’m so proud of him.

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‘But he needs help. And at the end of this season, have a long think about where he is at as a right-back.’

Robertson, however, speaking before last night’s game, told the BBC’s Proper Football Podcast, revealed he struggled to understand the relentless stream of negative criticism aimed at his long-time teammate.

He said: ‘He’s a special, special player and sometimes people forget how young he is. But, he’s got the world at his feet. He’s up there with the best players in the world, never mind best right-back.

‘People are quick to talk players up, especially English players. But they’re also quick to knock them back down again. Since he’s came onto the scene, he’s been frightening…what he’s done with a football, what he’s done for the game, what he’s done for the club.

‘He’s been unbelievable. We all show weaknesses. Every full-back gets beat by a winger every now and again. We all have dips of form. Maybe when Trent has a wee dip in form, a lot more gets said about it than other players. I don’t know why but I know he’s a strong character and he can block it out.”

‘So, when things get said, I don’t worry about him. That’s for sure. But yeah, the criticism of him is quite heavy and I don’t really know why.’

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