Rio’s TAA, Pep admission
Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his opinion that Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defensive struggles, combined with his attacking might, display how the England international should be used in a more advanced role in midfield, similar to the likes of Philipp Lahm.
“I’ve said for years I see him as a midfielder,” said Ferdinand.
“He used to be a midfield player before he was thrust into right back and he stuck there.
“You can see him being a Lahm, Kimmich, even Cancelo at Manchester City. He’s got that within him.”
Ferdinand surprised viewers when he went on to add that he can’t foresee Alexander-Arnold’s potential being unlocked under Jurgen Klopp. Instead, the ex-Man United star referenced fierce rival of the German coach, Pep Guardiola, as the man who could do it.
“Yeah but he’ll need to play for Pep and that’s not going to happen. He’s got to stick where he is,” Ferdinand continued.
“I don’t think Klopp is going to change him. But what I do notice about this kid, he has character.
“He is under huge pressure and comes up with the winner at Anfield where they have not won for many weeks by the way.”
Klopp concedes to Real experience
Jurgen Klopp struck a dejected figure after Liverpool’s elimination from the Champions League, having seen a potential route into next year’s competition go out the window.
Due to the struggles that the Reds have faced this season, they find themselves out of the Premier League’s top-4, and in turn viewed the Champions League in itself as a route to qualify for next season’s iteration of the tournament.
The German coach conceded that whilst he felt his team performed well on Wednesday, Real Madrid’s veteran experience showed:
“The performance in general was good. We played some really good stuff and had massive chances at the beginning of the game. If we had used one of them, it opens up,” said Klopp.
“But you need [to take] these key moments. If and when is not interesting. We didn’t score and then the experience of Real Madrid played the tie down.
“We didn’t lose the tie tonight. We lost it in Madrid.”
Liverpool must now lick their wounds and get back to action in the Premier League. The champions sit 3 points from 4th spot with key games against Leeds United and Manchester United to come. Regrouping and going again must therefore be the focus.
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This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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