If you watched the England game last night, you’d have been equally perplexed by the commentary from Martin Tyler and Gary Neville regarding Liverpool’s sole starter Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The duo, both of whom have an affinity for Manchester United, described Trent as a defensive fullback whose idol is Jamie Carragher.
Remarkably, they even claimed he’s not comfortable going forward and isn’t a ball-playing right-back!
Liverpool fans will all know this is simply untrue. Until three years ago, Trent played in midfield and technically, he’s sublime. He also has pace to burn which makes him a very good overlapping option down the right flank, and hits a beautiful set-piece, too. If anything, it’s his defending that needs improving, although his crossing obviously needs work as well.
Reds on Twitter went to town on Tyler and Neville, who clearly hadn’t done their research on a player starting for England and who played in a Champions League Final just a few months back.
Here’s some of what was said:
Neville and Tyler haven't a clue about what type of player TAA is.
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) September 11, 2018
It’s ridiculous! Can’t believe what I’m hearing. TAA is clearly very talented/creative.
— Rich Gibbs (@0Gibbs) September 11, 2018
made him sound like a young Nathaniel Clyne.
— David (@daveisonfire) September 11, 2018
Incredible conversation about a player who was a midfielder until 2 years ago.
— Simon Williams (@SimonWilliams81) September 11, 2018
I said exactly this to my brother before. That part of the commentary was embarrassing. Imagine thinking he isn’t comfortable when attacking.
— Ash McNally (@mc_red23) September 12, 2018
Did you hear Martin Tyler last night waffling on about how Trent’s qualities aren’t attacking but instead defending because “he loves to defend”? 🙄
— Jamie Hughes (@Jamie_Hughes93) September 12, 2018