TalkSport pundit Darren Gough has absolved Trent Alexander-Arnold of the blame for Real Madrid’s second goal in the 3-1 defeat for Liverpool on Tuesday.
Real Madrid won the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie, with Vinicius Junior scoring twice either side of a goal from Marco Asensio.
Alexander-Arnold played a huge part in Real’s second goal. The fullback attempted to head the ball back to Alisson and inadvertently sent Asensio one-on-one with the goalkeeper, allowing the Spaniard to flick the ball over Alisson’s head before tapping it into an empty goal to double Real’s lead.
However, Gough says that the blame does not sit in Alexander-Arnold’s lap as it was an exceptional pass from Toni Kroos and a difficult ball to deal with. Instead, he believes that it was as a collective where Liverpool failed as they lacked leadership and discipline out on the pitch.
TalkSport posted the clip on Twitter, with Gough speaking about Alexander-Arnold’s error and why he was not to blame for the result.
“They had no leadership on the pitch, no discipline, the selection was surprising.”
“They were all over the shop!” 🤦♂️
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 7, 2021
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