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Former LFC coach Robinson warns club about Trent burnout

He spent some time at Anfield as a youth coach, before starting his path as a manager with MK Dons in 2010 and is currently manager of League One side Oxford United.


He also spent some time as Trent Alexander-Arnold's coach with Liverpool's youth set up, and had apparently played a bit role in bringing the player to the club as a youngster.


But on the Liverpool Echo's Blood Red podcast, he's warned about Trent potentially burning out in the same way Dele Alli has over the past 18 months.


He said: "Obviously Dele is going through a bit more of a difficult time at his moment but he’s someone who’s only 23 and has played nearly 300 games at the top level.


"The one thing I do worry about for Trent, and for Dele and for all the young English players is we’re getting so money driven. These players are playing far too much for their age. It’s scary how much football they are actually playing."


The 21 year old right back has played over 100 games for Liverpool, since becoming the club's first-choice right back, along with 8 games for his country over that time.


That might not sound like a great deal for a senior pro, but for a young, developing player, that's a lot of football to play.


The Spurs midfielder is just 2 years older than Trent but has played over over 280 senior games, with an extra 37 games for England - a ridiculous amount in such a short career so far.


So you can see where Robinson is coming from entirely. He continued: "The problem is the better they become and the better they play the more people want to see them and the more they become a commodity and the more that’s the case it will affect their game and it’s not their fault.


"They’re only obliging to contracts people are signing for them.


"I remember Steve Heighway famously saying to us as young coaches that when we finish in the summer our young players should go away and play a different sport and almost leave the sport for at least 3-4 weeks.


"I’ve always remembered and something I’ve always said to my players if they do get a break, try and stay away from the industry because it allows you to recharge and go again."



 

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