Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes that Reds right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has improved his physique in recent times.
The Scouser broke into the first-team back in October 2016.
Alexander-Arnold was only 18 years of age at the time. In other words, he was still a kid.
With that being the case, Alexander-Arnold was not as physically strong as his opponents in the early stages of his career.
But, Carragher believes that the 23-year-old has put some muscle on in recent times, which has ultimately improved his game.
“He looks like he has bulked up and filled out, whether he is getting bigger or stronger. Or he is on a weights programme.
“He looks a lot more like a real man in that shirt now. When he’s defending, he didn’t have the power. He will never have the full power of a Reece James or a Kyle Walker.
“But he’s a lot stronger in his body, so when somebody is running at him, he can get that shoulder and arm across. I have noticed that a lot more in the last four or five months, his defending improving.”
Anfield Watch Verdict
There is no denying that Alexander-Arnold has put some muscle on over the years. We completely agree with Carragher that the right-back is now better equipped to deal with opposition players as a result.
England's top division of football is very physical. Therefore, players need to possess a bit of muscle.
On another note, Alexander-Arnold has had a very good 2021-22 campaign. He has been averaging a WhoScored player rating of 7.46 this season, which backs up the aforementioned argument.