Ashley Cole tells Trent Alexander-Arnold he must improve his ‘foot patterns’ if he is to develop his defensive play after a mistake at Real Madrid – as the Chelsea legend insists ‘no matter how fast you are, you WILL be beaten’
- Ashley Cole has told Trent Alexander-Arnold to improve his ‘foot patterns’
- The Liverpool star’s defensive play has recently been questioned
- Jamie Carragher says he needs to improve his posture, but Cole’s opinion differs
- Cole says ‘foot patterns’ help the 22-year-old turn and match an opponent
- The Chelsea legend added that Alexander-Arnold’s raw pace is not enough
Ashley Cole has told Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold that he needs to improve his ‘foot patterns’ if he is to develop defensively.
The 22-year-old’s ability without the ball has been questioned in recent weeks, while England boss Gareth Southgate was unconvinced as he prepared to select his squad for this summer’s European championships.
Alexander-Arnold was also caught on Tuesday against Real Madrid in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat in the Champions League.
Ashley Cole has told Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold to improve his ‘foot patterns’
The 22-year-old’s defensive play has recently been questioned by fans and experts
In the first half, Real attacker Vinicius Junior put pressure on the defender, who had to stretch for a header slightly out of position and eventually put the ball on a plate for Marco Asensio to score.
Former Reds central half Jamie Carragher said the Englishman should change his posture and bend his knees so he is willing to cover up any space an attacker might bump into.
However, Cole believes that Alexander-Arnold should develop his ‘foot patterns’ so that he can better anticipate an opponent’s running or dribbling.
And former England international Cole says improving his ‘foot patterns’ will help defensively
Cole, 40, said this would allow him to respond better to opponents’ movements
“The area he can improve is his foot patterns – moves that allow him to turn and run or dribble his opponents,” Cole tweeted in response to Carragher’s advice.
If you can’t move them fast enough, no matter how fast you are, you will be beaten.
“Foot patterns put you in defensive positions to turn quickly.”
Alexander-Arnold may heed Cole’s advice after enjoying a brilliant career as a player to retire as one of the greatest English footballers of all time.
The 40-year-old has won six Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, once the League Cup and the Champions League and Europa League.
Cole had responded to Jamie Carragher’s advice on the Englishman’s posture
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defended his star player ahead of the Reds’ trip to Madrid, questioning Southgate’s decision to drop the 22-year-old from his squad for last month’s World Cup qualifiers.
“I respect Gareth making his own decisions, but I didn’t understand because Trent Alexander-Arnold was the pinnacle of world football in the past two seasons – let me say the season before and the season before that. That’s the truth and at an incredibly young age, ”said Klopp.
‘I have no problem if my players are criticized. They can get it from me, they can get it from other people.
‘He was the star in world football. He started the season early at Covid, which is not good. It took him a while to start the season, but from then on he was one of our most consistent players. So that cannot be the reason. ‘