|Let’s take a look at five or six things that every left back should work on if they want to play soccer at a high level. These are things that a left sided defender will do on a regular basis throughout a game. Essentially, these are the fundamental soccer skills and aspects of the game that every that every left back should perfect.
What’s maybe new for defenders in the modern game is to be able to serve long balls across the field to the other defender on the far side. Liverpool’s defenders do this on a regular basis. So instead of swinging the ball from one side to the other through the midfield, the backs will whip a long ball to their teammate on the other side. It’s common to see Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson of Liverpool to switch the ball perfectly to one another during a game.
Oh, and the two also get in the attack and help their team score goals. Watch Trent and Robertson’s run of assists throughout the 2018-19 campaign as they combined for 23 goals in a record-breaking effort for a defender in the Premier League.
Right now, two of the best left backs in world soccer are Jordi Alba of Barcelona and Andrew Robertson of Liverpool. Two left backs to model your game after. Both players get in the attack and know how to defend.
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Extra: For all soccer players, develop a few favored moves, shots, passes, crosses, and skills. Perfect those two or three skills. Make them yours. This could be a step over, bending the ball, a powerful shot, develop some skills that set you apart from other players, no matter what position you play.
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