Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defensively frailties would see major improvement under the guidance of Arsenal legend Lee Dixon, believes Perry Groves.
The Liverpool star has been included in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, however, the player has endured a difficult start to the season.
Questions about the full-back’s defensive prowess have been raised with the Reds looking frail at the back this term.
It’s been suggested by talkSPORT’s Danny Murphy that Alexander-Arnold’s defensive play will cost him a place in the Three Lions’ World Cup squad.
Murphy also suggested that the 23-year-old needs more defensive guidance from Liverpool’s coaches, but Groves believes his former Arsenal teammate Dixon would do the job in double quick time.
“There’s probably only three players at Liverpool who are playing at the level they should be and he’s one that’s dropped off,” Groves told talkSPORT.
“It was always going to be his defensive qualities. Earlier on in tournaments [you can play him] where you have most of the ball but in the latter stages, hopefully into the quarter and semi-finals, he’s not going to play because you can’t trust him defensively.
“We’ve been talking about this for two or three years and he still hasn’t improved defensively. You have all these coaches, throw-in coaches, set-piece coaches, surely they must be working with Alexander-Arnold on one vs one?
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“I’d send Lee Dixon up there for two days and he’d get his positional play sorted out.
“Is it because he doesn’t think like a defensive full-back, he doesn’t want to defend? It doesn’t seem like he’s able to sniff danger out at all.”