Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has described the defensive abilities of Liverpool and England full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold as “championship-level.”
Alexander-Arnold has become one of English football’s brightest young stars in the last four years, winning every domestic trophy available with Liverpool since 2019.
The 23-year-old is widely known for his assists from out wide, but some pundits and fans have suspected his defensive qualities.
Leboeuf has now given his judgment on the right back, saying that Alexander-Arnold’s defending is a significant concern and that this issue has only been covered up for so long due to the specific system that Jurgen Klopp plays at Liverpool.
“Look at Trent Alexander-Arnold. I love the guy, his offensive qualities. But defensively, he’s Championship level,” Leboeuf said in an interview with French newspaper Journal du Dimanche.
“Only [Jurgen] Klopp’s system works for him. When it doesn’t work as well as it has this season, all you see is his defensive shortcomings.
“I want to take him with me to work on the basics. I would say to him: ‘Turn your head and look behind you, it will be better already.’
“It was Roberto Carlos who deformed generations of defenders,” he stated.