Jamie Redknapp hailed Mason Mount’s ‘fabulous finish’ which helped Chelsea to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Liverpool but singled out Trent Alexander-Arnold for criticism for failing to get tighter on his England team-mate for the goal.
The Premier League heavyweights looked set to go into the half-time break with the scoreline goalless after Timo Werner had a goal disallowed by VAR for a fractional offside at Anfield.
But Mount, arguably Chelsea’s player of the season under both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel, had other ideas as he cut inside from the left wing and bent a sublime strike around returning Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson in the 42nd minute.
The strike took the midfielder’s tally to five goals for the top-flight campaign and the visitors kept hold of their narrow advantage on Merseyside to climb to fourth in the table.
It also meant Tuchel is still yet to taste defeat since his appointment at the end of January, with the Blues riding a ten-game unbeaten streak in all competitions under the German.
In the Sky Sports studio at half-time, ex-Liverpool star Redknapp focussed on Alexander-Arnold’s defending in the build-up to Mount’s strike and felt the full-back could have ‘moved his feet quicker’ to get closer to the ball.
‘It’s a fabulous finish, of course it is. It’s a brilliant piece of play and once they give you that invitation, you’ve got to take it,’ Redknapp said.
‘But I think when you’ve got the two there against one, you have to do your best to show him down the line.
‘Even if he comes back inside, Trent Alexander-Arnold has got to get there quicker! He’s got to move his feet quicker, he’s got to block the ball.
‘At first I’m thinking show him down the line on his left but once he comes inside, you’ve got to block it. Trent doesn’t do enough for me. I think you’ve got to get there quicker and block it.
‘I don’t want to take anything away from what’s a brilliant goal and they’ve executed that.
‘I think the problem with Trent there is that he overcompensated, thinking Trent was going to go down the line,’ the former Chelsea, Arsenal and England left-back said.
‘And then obviously he hasn’t moved his feet quick enough to get out and block it.’