Speaking to Football Insider, Noel Whelan said he doesn’t think that Trent Alexander-Arnold will ever play in central midfield for Liverpool despite playing there for England.
I wholeheartedly agree. Every single international break, England fans and pundits have the same conversation about the 22-year-old Scouser and while it’s more of a debate for the Three Lions, it doesn’t make sense for Liverpool.
Gareth Southgate has Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Reece James and Trent to select at right-back and so as the latter is gifted enough to play in midfield, it lessens his selection headache.
But at club level, with Jurgen Klopp not able to access as many world-class right-backs, it makes very little sense to move him into central midfield when he already has Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Naby Keita and co. to choose from.
Speaking to Football Insider, Noel Whelan said: “I don’t think he’ll ever move into that position for Liverpool.
“I think Liverpool see him as their right-back. It’s great that he can adapt and play those roles and it gives the other England players some respite.
“But would Southgate do it against Italy or Belgium? Probably not. It was an opportunity to have a look at him in that position and see how he plays there.
“I thought he did very well. He was everywhere, he got on the ball, he was nice and brave. It was exciting to see him play there.
“But no, when it comes to domestic football, Liverpool have natural midfield players and a natural right-back in Alexander Arnold. He plays every single way, with the defence, the midfield and the attacking third as well.”
Trent just signed a new contract extension with Liverpool which reportedly takes his weekly wage to £180,000.