TalkSport pundit says Chelsea star is better at defending than Liverpool man

Darren Bent claims that Chelsea star Reece James is better defensively than Liverpool counterpart Trent Alexander-Arnold. 

James, 21, enjoyed an amazing weekend where he scored and assisted in a 2-0 win for the Blues away to Arsenal.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Alexander-Arnold impressed with an assist in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory at home to Norwich City.

The two right-backs have plenty of similarities.

Bent, who’s a pundit for talkSPORT, feels though like James has the edge over Alexander-Arnold when it comes to the defensive areas of their game. 

“I genuinely think that Reece James is pushing Trent [Alexander-Arnold] in terms of being the best right-back,” the former Premier League striker told talkSPORT

“Every time I see Reece James play… I get it, Trent with his deliveries, there’s no one better than him, but his deliveries are not far off him, by the way. And defensively he’s better, Reece James is better.”

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Gareth Southgate spoilt for choice with Reece James and Trent Alexander-Arnold

For England boss Southgate, he’s in the unique position of having some top-class right-backs at his disposal. That’s before you even think about senior options Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier. 

James and Alexander-Arnold are naturally two players that people compare, so competition must be fierce when they unite with England. 

They both fit into the category of modern full-backs and it’s going to be intriguing to see how they both perform in the weekend’s Liverpool v Chelsea fixture at Anfield. 

James is definitely more physically imposing. However, his Liverpool counterpart may have a little more finesse in possession. It feels like people often fall into the trap of thinking James can’t attack and Alexander-Arnold can’t defend. That’s not the case. 

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