There’s plans within Liverpool for Trent Alexander-Arnold to eventually become a roaming no.8 instead of a right-back, claims Simon Hughes in the Independent.
The respected journalist today discussed the midfield options at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal, suggesting that by the end of this season, Alexander-Arnold will be a midfielder first and a right-back second.
“Inside the club, it is also believed that Trent Alexander-Arnold will evolve from full-back and into midfield. By the time he plays there, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to have returned from injury,” he wrote.
This is mighty interesting and in many ways, makes sense. Trent played in midfield for various Liverpool youth sides and has the technical and creative ability to play centrally.
He has, however, been learning the right-back spot under Jurgen Klopp for over a year now and based on his first performance of the campaign yesterday, is beginning to master it.
The way we play, right-back is not a boring, defensive position given to the least talented player in the squad; but an absolutely crucial position offensively, creatively and in linking defence and attack.
Trent and Andrew Robertson (who plays left-back) regularly have more touches on the ball than any other Red.
What’s more, the hope that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be back in a year’s time suggests we might not necessarily need another central option, especially if Fabinho and Naby Keita progress in the manner we hope they will!
So for us, let’s keep Trent at right-back and let him become the world’s best in the position. He’s got the ability to do it.