Rio Ferdinand has defined how Pep Guardiola may unlock Trent Alexander-Arnold’s “great talent” – a change that Jurgen Klopp is not going to make.
Alexander-Arnold was the standout performer Liverpool’s limp exit from the Champions League on Wednesday.
Real Madrid cruised by means of to the semi-finals at Anfield with the Reds creating little and ruining their probabilities against La Liga giants.
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Alexander-Arnold was one of many few vivid sparks however earlier than the sport there was a debate within the BT Sport studio over its defensive points.
Gary Lineker said: “Nice transferring forward however instantly there have been query marks about his defense. An actual microscope on his performances nowadays. ”
Rio Ferdinand replied: “I believe it’s a must to have a look at it a method, it exhibits you the way far it has come over the last few years that everybody marvels at this child’s performances.
“Disassemble it, tear it aside. Sure he has some components of his sport as a defense that want enchancment. However what’s not 21/22? It is regular.
“That is as a result of he is under the microscope in big video games. The child is an amazing talent. He has the power to search out go tickets that different folks, different midfielders, different No. 8s within the world, cannot discover – not to mention right-backs. ”
A number of pundits have talked about the potential of Alexander-Arnold transferring into midfield – a change of Lineker posititons contemplate it a legitimate choice.
“It is humorous that you just’re speaking about midfield there,” said the former striker. “I’ve said for years that I see him as a midfielder.
“He was a midfielder earlier than he was pushed to proper back and he caught there.
“You’ll be able to see it in Lahm, Kimmich, even at Cancelo in Manchester City. He has that in him. ”
Ferdinand admitted that whereas it’s unlikely to occur under Klopp, it may occur under the extra tactical eccentric Guardiola.
“Yeah however he must play for Pep and that is not going to occur … He has to stay the place he’s,” Ferdinand continued.
“I do not suppose Klopp goes to change it. However what I notice about this child, he has character.
“He’s under immense strain and offers the winner at Anfield the place they haven’t gained for a lot of weeks by the way in which.”