Micah Richards explained why he felt ‘a little bit sorry’ for Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold after the result at Brentford.
The Reds played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with their hosts on Saturday evening.
Brentford had a clear tactical plan to try and overload Liverpool’s right-hand side, particularly with an aerial threat.
And most of their best attacking moments came from taking a risk in this manner and punishing Jurgen Klopp’s men by being first to second balls.
Speaking on Match of the Day, Richards discussed the Bees’ gambit of targeting the Liverpool far-post and why he believed right-back Alexander-Arnold should have had more help.
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He said: “I felt a little bit sorry for Alexander-Arnold on the right-hand side.
“Normally you’ve got someone like Fabinho in there. You get him across.
“[Trent] did really well trying to keep inside within the post, his positioning was right, but when you have two or three [Brentford players to deal with] it’s very, very difficult.
“They played the gameplan perfectly. This time it worked for them.”
Alan Shearer agreed that Brentford’s blueprint worked to “perfection” at various stages in the match and added: “They identified that, they put [those] balls in, they got the point that they deserved”.
While it was a case of two points dropped for Liverpool, Klopp’s men remain at the top of the Premier League table as things stand.
Next up is Champions League action away to Porto before Manchester City visit Anfield at the weekend.
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