Danny Mills doesn’t think the criticism of Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been “particularly unfair” after he scored in their 2-0 win over Rangers on Tuesday night.
The England international has been under pressure early on in the season after a number of defensive lapses, leading to criticism from pundits and former players.
His attacking output has been poor as well this term with Alexander-Arnold yet to contribute an assist in all competitions.
The Liverpool right-back has scored three goals now, though, with his latest coming in the form of a brilliant free-kick against Rangers in the Champions League last night.
When asked about recent criticism after the match, Alexander-Arnold said: “No matter what I always try to think positively.
“People say things but for me it’s about going out there and performing for the team.
“That’s the only thing that matters is coming out here and getting the wins and helping the team win games.
“Yeah, it’s been a slow start to the season for me but I’m looking to the rest of the season.”
When asked if the criticism of Alexander-Arnold has been harsh, Mills said on Sky Sports: “I think there has been a case of that in the past but equally I don’t think this criticism is particularly unfair. This isn’t just one person saying it time and time again. This is lots of different people saying ‘defensively at times he gets caught out’.
“It’s quite simple, if you don’t like it, fix it. Defending is one of the easier parts of the game, stopping the opposition. It’s much easier to stop people than it is to create and score at the other end of the pitch.
“If you don’t like it, go away and work on that side of your game. Look at the analysis, go through the videos, get out on the training pitch. It doesn’t have to be physical, a lot of it is just about positional sense and often that comes with experience.
“So, if you don’t like the criticism that people are giving you, go and work harder at it. And if you are working as hard as you possibly can and you can’t improve, then you know that you’ve done your bit.
“If you are not doing everything possible to improve, and you don’t like the criticism, well then whose fault is that? I’d suggest you’d have to take a big portion of that blame on yourself.”