Cole tells Alexander-Arnold he must improve his 'feet patterns'

Ashley Cole tells Trent Alexander-Arnold he must improve his ‘feet patterns’ if he is to develop his defensive game following error at Real Madrid as Chelsea legend insists ‘it doesn’t matter how fast you are you will get beat’

  • Ashley Cole has told Trent Alexander-Arnold he must improve his ‘feet patterns’ 
  • The Liverpool star’s defensive game has been called into question recently 
  • Jamie Carragher says he must improve his body position but Cole’s view differs
  • Cole says ‘feet patterns’ will 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 must improve his ‘feet patterns’ if he is going to develop defensively.

The 22-year-old’s ability defensively has been called into question in recent weeks, with England boss Gareth Southgate unconvinced as he prepares to select his squad for this summer’s European Championships. 

Alexander-Arnold was also caught out against Real Madrid in Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Ashley Cole has told Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold he must improve his ‘feet patterns’

The 22-year-old’s defensive game has been called into question by fans and pundits recently

In the first half, Madrid attacker Vinicius pressured the defender, who had to stretch for a header slightly out of position and ended up putting the ball on a plate for Marco Asensio to score.

Former Reds centre half Jamie Carragher said that the Englishman must change his body position and bend his knees so that he is prepared to cover space that an attacker is trying to run into. 

Cole, however, believes that Alexander-Arnold needs to develop his ‘feet patterns’ so he can better anticipate an opponent’s run or dribble. 

And former England international Cole says improving his ‘feet patterns’ will help defensively

Cole, 40, said that doing so would allow him to better react to the movements of opponents

‘The area he can improve would be his feet patterns – movements which allows him to turn and match his opponents run or dribble,’ Cole tweeted in response to Carragher’s advice.

‘If you can’t move them quick enough it doesn’t matter how fast you are you will get beat. 

‘Foot patterns will get you in defensive positions to turn quick’.

Alexander-Arnold may pay heed to Cole’s advice, having enjoyed a glittering playing career to retire as one of English football’s best ever full backs.

The 40-year-old has won six Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, the League Cup once as well as the Champions League and Europa League. 

Cole had responded to Jamie Carragher’s advice regarding the Englishman’s body positioning

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp staunchly defended his star man prior to the Reds’ trip to Madrid, querying Southgate’s decision to omit the 22-year-old from his squad for last month’s World Cup qualifiers.

‘I respect that Gareth makes his own decisions but I didn’t understand it because Trent Alexander-Arnold was in the last two seasons — let me say the season before and the season before that — the standout right back in world football. That is the truth and at an unbelievable young age,’ Klopp said.

‘I’ve no problem if my players get criticism. They can get it from me, they can get it from other people. 

‘He was the standout right back in world football. He started the season with Covid early on which is not good. It took him a while to get into the season but, from that moment he was one of our most consistent players. So that cannot be the reason.’

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