A look at “Trent Alexander-Arnold, England’s “best midfielder,” was advised by Jurgen Klopp to sign a right-back this summer” The performance of the full-back, who has been experimenting with a new position for both the Reds and England, has garnered a lot of praise due to the fact that he has been playing in the middle of the pitch.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, England’s “best midfielder,” was advised by Jurgen Klopp to sign a right-back this summer
Klopp has since looked at the possibility of playing the player in the midfield role, a move that was initially examined by Gareth Southgate in 2021.
At the club level, Alexander-Arnold excelled at the end of the 2022–2023 season while playing in a hybrid role, with Jordan Henderson providing defensive assistance on the right wing. This helped Liverpool to a seven-game winning streak that helped them finish the season in first place.
During that time period, he recorded one goal and six assists, and he took that form into England’s qualifying campaign for the Euro 2024 tournament.
Southgate went one step further than Klopp and played the 24-year-old in the third central midfield position. As a result, he was rewarded with a goal and an assist in the games against Malta and North Macedonia.
Dean Saunders, who played forward for Liverpool in the past and now hosts a show on talkSPORT, is completely convinced by what he’s seen from Alexander-Arnold.
The Welshman went as far as to say that he is better at everything than West Ham captain Declan Rice, who is expected to join Arsenal in a move worth up to £105 million. The agreement between the two clubs is expected to be finalized soon.
During an appearance on the show Sports Breakfast, Saunders made the following statement: “I believe that Trent is the best English midfield player in England.” In my opinion, he is head and shoulders above the others.
“If you play him in midfield, he can do everything that Declan Rice does, but he can also hit passes that Thiago [Alcantara] hits and sees it,” the coach said. “If you play him in defense, he can do everything that Thiago [Alcantara] does.”
Saunders thinks Alexander-Arnold can accomplish whatever Rice does.
“If I was Jurgen Klopp, I’d buy a right-back and play Trent in midfield.” Saunders continued: “I think that Trent was brought up as a midfield player. He ended up at full-back but he knows what to do.
“I was watching him and you need to have wing mirrors on when you’re playing in midfield with your back to goal and playing the other way – you need to do both and I think that he can do both.
I think that at some point in the future, Jurgen Klopp will play Trent in the middle of the midfield. This is something that I believe will happen.
Liverpool have signed Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Leipzig for £60million, while also bringing in Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton for an initial £35m.