Andy Robertson jumps to Trent Alexander-Arnold's defence

‘The criticism of him is quite heavy’: Andy Robertson jumps to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defence and claims his Liverpool team-mate is singled out more than other players amid slump in form

  • Andy Robertson has defended Trent Alexander-Arnold’s recent performances
  • The Scotsman believes his Liverpool colleague is criticised more than others
  • But has backed his team-mate to not get weighed down by negative comments 

Andy Roberton is bemused with the recent criticism of his Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold and believes that the Reds right-back is singled out more than other players when performances dip.

Liverpool exited the Champions League on Wednesday evening after Karim Benzema’s single strike topped off a 6-2 aggregate victory for Real Madrid.

Alexander-Arnold was one of three Liverpool defenders criticised by former Man United defender Rio Ferdinand as being at fault for the Frenchman’s goal while others singled out the Liverpool star on social media.

However, fellow full-back Robertson, who shares a great relationship with the 24-year-old, has bit back at slating suggestions, explaining to the Liverpool Echo: ‘People are quick to talk players up, especially English players. 

‘But they’re also quick to knock them back down again. Since he’s come onto the scene, he’s been frightening, what he’s done with a football, for the game, for the club. He’s been unbelievable.

Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson (left) has jumped to the defence of Trent Alexander-Arnold (right)

Alexander-Arnold (left) was criticised for his performance against Real Madrid on Wednesday

‘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.’ 

Alexander-Arnold struggled, as did several Liverpool stars, up against Madrid’s tenacious attackers inside a cauldron of noise at the Santiago Bernabeu as they suffered their biggest ever aggregate defeat in the Champions League.

However, it was his difficulties in dealing with the threat posed by Brazilian winger Vinicius Jr who kept getting in behind the Liverpool defence and eventually assisted Benzema for his goal.

The common theme of criticism is that while great at fulfilling his duties as an attacking full-back, he isn’t as good at defending and is vulnerable in one-v-one situations.

Robertson (right) questioned why Alexander-Arnold (left) is criticised more than other players

Vinicius Jr (on floor) assisted Karim Benzema’s goal on Wednesday with Aleander-Arnold nowehere to be seen

There could be some truth in that with Alexander-Arnold playing considerable minutes in every one of Liverpool’s eight Premier League defeats this season, but it is difficult to overlook his stellar Anfield achievements in the same breath.

He has lifted every club honour available since making his first-team debut under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp in 2016 and has garnered the status as being one of the world’s best full-backs.

But this season has struggled to replicate the devastating form he has shown in previous seasons, managing just two assists in the English top-flight compared to the 12 he created in Liverpool’s last domestic campaign.

A daunting trip to Manchester City awaits Liverpool in their next outing on April 1 and it may be a case of Klopp resting the player to pull him out of the limelight of criticism. 

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