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Carra: Trent's defending not good enough - he needs competition

Jamie Carragher believes the added pressure on Liverpool's defence this season has exposed Trent Alexander-Arnold's flaws, and that he needs true competition at Anfield.

Liverpool have now conceded more goals in all competitions in 2022/23 than they did in the whole of last season, despite reaching the finals of the FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League and playing 23 more games.

They exited the latter with another defeat on Wednesday night, losing 1-0 at Real Madrid to slip to a 6-2 aggregate win for the reigning European champions. It was a night where Alexander-Arnold was run ragged by Vinicius Junior, who would go on to play a major part in Karim Benzema's winning goal.

Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher told CBS that Liverpool's drop-off in their pressing game - a factor which has been much-maligned in their poor season to date - had left the likes of Alexander-Arnold exposed, and laid bare the shortfalls in his defensive game.

He said: "Where he is at the moment, and I've always defended him, in that he's played for one of the best teams in the world, and when you do that you do a lot more attacking than defending

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