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Jamie Carragher sends warning message to Liverpool star ahead of Benfica clash

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Jamie Carragher sends warning message to Liverpool star ahead of Benfica clash

Benfica star Everton is aiming to capitalize on Trent Alexander-Arnold on Wednesday, just as Manchester City did at the Etihad on Sunday according to Jamie Carragher.

The Portuguese giants are faced with an uphill task to overcome a 3-1 deficit at Anfield in the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.

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However, they hope the way Jurgen Klopp’s men handled themselves in a thrilling 2-2 draw against City this weekend could work in their favor.

One of the areas they want to take advantage of is Liverpool’s right side of defense with Alexander-Arnold and Ibrahima Konate. Darwin Nunez got the better of Kobate at the Estadio da Luz last week when he took advantage of the centre-back’s blunder to equalize for the hosts before Liverpool regained their two-goal lead.j

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold struggled defensively against Manchester City (Getty Images)

Alexander-Arnold is known for his world-class offensive performance, but he is often criticized for his defensive weaknesses, especially against top teams.

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Jamie Carragher warned that it could be an issue prior to the match, something that came to fruition as the 90 minutes unravelled.

He said ahead of kick-off on Sky Sports: “Trent Alexander-Arnold fascinates me every time I watch him. His passing, his delivery is something I’ve never seen before from a full-back. It’s exceptional.

“But I always feel in the big games against Liverpool, it’s the one area – the right-hand side of their defence – that you can potentially get at. If it is Sterling or if it is Foden, it’s going to be one of the best match-ups of the day in terms of who comes out on top. It’s going to be a fascinating battle.”

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Benfica plans to take a leaf out of City’s book by targeting Alexander-Arnold and Konate at Anfield on Tuesday night, according to their striker Everton.

He said: “I’ve been trying to study the opponent after the first game, looking to better analyse the individual qualities of Alexander-Arnold and Konate. I have tried to see where they have difficulties, the weak point, so that I can exploit and have a happy night, to give joy to the fans.”

In other news, Michael Owen gives predictions for Liverpool vs Benfica and Man City vs Atletico games

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