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Graeme Souness: Kieran Trippier is not a very good defender

Graeme Souness: Kieran Trippier is not a very good defender

From a Tottenham perspective, all of the focus on their defeat to Liverpool will be on Hugo Lloris following his costly error.

However, the Spurs skipper was not the only player to put in a shaky performance at the back with Kieran Trippier coming in for criticism for his role in the home side’s opening goal.

“He’s not a very good defender,” Graeme Souness said on Sky Sports (via Daily Express) when speaking about the manner in which the 28-year-old was caught out before Andy Robertson’s cross for Roberto Firmino.

“Watch Trippier look over his left shoulder. He’s wondering where Alderweireld is – he shouldn’t be.

“Trippier’s strength is going forward and delivering the kind of ball that Robertson did, not defending,” the Liverpool legend later concluded.

As blunt as saying Trippier is not a very good defender may sound, Souness has hit the nail on the head. As well as that clash against Liverpool, he had also been exposed in recent matches against London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

Defensively, the former Burnley man, who is valued at £31.5 million (by Transfermarkt), has never been the most convincing of full-backs. After an impressive World Cup with England, it may seem like that is not the case and that he actually is a sturdy defender.

But as Souness has pointed out, Trippier’s strength, like most modern-day full-backs, is getting forward and putting balls into the box.

Ultimately, the England international has a lot of work to do in the defensive department. If not, he could so easily lose his spot in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI with both Serge Aurier and Kyle Walker-Peters waiting in the wings.

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