Jurgen Klopp has added to the talk round Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s function within the crew by acknowledging Liverpool can lose out on having “the most effective right-backs” if he’s in midfield.
“Why make the most effective right-back on the planet a midfielder,” Klopp requested again in 2021 after Gareth Southgate utilised the No. 66 in considered one of his first midfield experiments.
Over time we now have seen Alexander-Arnold’s function evolve, particularly final yr when his place was inverted to assist Liverpool’s struggling midfield, and it labored.
He was artistic and made the crew tick once they had been stagnating. Thus far this season, although, he has not been as concerned or as threatening, and Klopp’s newest feedback over his right-back in midfield are enlightening.
“Yeah, a chance [to play in midfield],” the supervisor stated of Alexander-Arnold’s positioning in his pre-Brentford press convention, which This Is Anfield understands befell earlier than the defeat at Toulouse.
“It depends upon the state of affairs, the opponent, on numerous issues. We all know that he can play there.
“For us, if we simply put him there then we lose the most effective right-backs on the planet, so we must always not overlook that fully not less than.
“In fact he’s an possibility for that place.”
It’s one factor to be an possibility and one other for use successfully, as not does the No. 66 present width on the correct flank and drive the crew ahead, which is all of the extra noticeable in Andy Robertson‘s absence.
The pair had been as soon as Liverpool’s artistic hub however there’s now a robust argument for him to extra readily revert to a extra ‘typical’ place in order that Liverpool don’t lose the qualities of “the most effective right-backs on the planet.”
That Klopp acknowledges what the Reds can lose out on within the right-back place if Alexander-Arnold is in midfield speaks volumes, however but his function stays unchanged this marketing campaign.