Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defending slammed as Liverpool scared by Villarreal

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Trent Alexander-Arnold's "defensive capabilities got exposed again" according to one Twitter user during Liverpool's first-half Champions League collapse against Villarreal.

The 23-year-old right-back was at fault for Francis Coquelin's header which put the home side level across the two legs following defeat at Anfield last weekend in which Sadio Mane found the net after an own goal.

Jurgen Klopp's men came into the clash as huge favourites thanks to that advantage, but neutral fans thought they knew who was to blame for the goal that gave Villarreal every chance to qualify for an unexpected final after Coquelin rose far higher than his defender from a cross.

One viewer wrote on Twitter: "Trent showing why he is so bad defensively." With a second adding: "And people think Trent will start for England…"

A third continued: "Best right back in the world apparently, this is why he doesn’t play for England."

With a fourth writing: "Trent’s defensive capabilities getting exposed again."

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BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Chris Sutton then said of the goal: "Coquelin gets inside Trent Alexander-Arnold, level with the far post six yards out.

"He says 'I'm going to make it mine' and powers the header past Alisson."

With Dion Dublin adding: "I've never seen Liverpool play like this before. Ever."

Pleasingly for Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool regrouped in the second-half to run into an unassailable 5-2 lead on aggregate and 3-2 lead on the night.

Fabinho fired through the legs of Geronimo Rulli before Alexander-Arnold's fine cross was headed home by Luis Diaz, with Rulli then rounded by Mane as Liverpool reached their third final in five seasons.

That final will also be Liverpool's third of the season, having won the League Cup and already booked their place in the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

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