A number of Liverpool fans have ridiculed comments from former Premier League player Frank Sinclair claiming that Chelsea’s Reece James is a better defender than Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Speaking to GentingBet [via Evening Standard], the ex-Jamaica international said: “Defensively, Reece James is a better defender than Alexander-Arnold at the moment. But it is hard to find a full-back that produces as many assists in Europe than Trent does for Liverpool.” He added: “As an all-round full-back, I think there is more to his game than Trent; he is good going forward but he is also very strong defensively.” His comments were later posted by @AnfieldEdition on Twitter.
Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair: “Defensively, Reece James is a better defender than Alexander-Arnold at the moment.
“As an all-round full-back, I think there is more to his game than Trent; he is good going forward but he is also very strong defensively.”
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) April 2, 2020
James, 20 since December, has been lauded by pundits such as Paul Merson and Jermaine Jenas for his displays this season, scoring twice and setting up four goals in 1,747 minutes of game-time. However, his attacking influence cannot match that of Alexander-Arnold, 14 months his senior, who also has two goals but has claimed 14 assists in 3,365 minutes on the pitch in 2019/20.
Despite Sinclair’s claims that the Chelsea right-back is defensively better than his Liverpool counterpart, Alexander-Arnold has won more tackles per game (1.6 to 1.4) and made more interceptions per game (1.2 to 0.9) in the current Premier League campaign.
These Reds fans on Twitter rubbished Sinclair’s comparison of the two youngsters, with some mocking the ex-Chelsea defender’s unfortunate reputation for costly own goals during his Leicester days:
Stick to own goals
— Liam Williams (@wordsleyLFC) April 2, 2020
And there’s another Frank Sinclair own goal
— you love to see it 6 times (@bmccormack81) April 3, 2020
The fact somebody is paid on the tv/radio to give an opinion like that makes me want to vomit if you watch football don’t understand Trent is the best full back in the world never mind England you should stop watching the game.
— Aaron Jackson (@aaronjacko) April 3, 2020
Frank Sinclair is probably the best known worst defender ever.
— Karl (@KHyl1991) April 2, 2020
Frank doesn’t watch Football to often I’d say.
— Niall Kelleher (@123anfield) April 2, 2020
ok guys, keep reece james, we’ll keep trent
— ?? (@lfcyon) April 2, 2020
Wake up frank
— David Lee (@davelee58) April 3, 2020
Yeah course he is Frank pic.twitter.com/XIYt9RoXOY
— Luke Vallente (@LukeVallente) April 3, 2020
Liverpool fans, do you think Sinclair is wrong to cite James as a better defender than Alexander-Arnold? Join in the discussion by commenting below!