Trent Alexander-Arnold has recommended he would favor to not return to right-back sooner or later, insisting a long-term transfer to midfield would “get extra out of” him.
In latest feedback on probably utilizing Alexander-Arnold as a midfielder, Jurgen Klopp argued that it could imply Liverpool “lose among the best right-backs on the planet.”
Since his promotion to the primary staff in 2016, the Scouser has confirmed himself simply that.
However extra just lately, Klopp has appeared to unleash him in a hybrid function, stepping ahead from right-back to midfield, permitting him to dictate play.
For England, although, he’s considered as an out-and-out midfielder, whereas his drop in artistic affect for Liverpool this season has led to requires a extra outlined function.
Alexander-Arnold’s feedback on taking part in in midfield throughout a pre-England vs. Malta press convention on Thursday have been notably attention-grabbing.
“My particular talent set and what I’m greatest at is somebody who performs within the center,” he’s quoted by the Instances.
“Somebody who controls the sport, controls the tempo, creates, breaks line, progresses the ball up the pitch.
“You in all probability get extra out of me from being within the center and I’m capable of exhibit that talent set as a lot as attainable.
“My function is to go and create and make issues occur, management the sport in the midst of the pitch, get the ball on to the attackers, play ahead, run ahead, objectives, assists, create possibilities, get folks off their seats.”
Given Alexander-Arnold was particularly talking on his function with England, it’s definitely noteworthy when contemplating the place he sees himself at Liverpool.
“Rising up in my teenage years I used to be a midfielder, so it’s a place I’ve some information of,” he continued.
“From going from a midfielder and attempting to study the full-back function, moving into the primary staff and pushing on, I’m now once more ready the place I’m attempting to discover ways to play midfield.
“How you can conduct myself and carry out in the midst of the pitch is one thing that I’ve been tasked with.”
Liverpool’s vice-captain maintained that he’s nonetheless snug taking part in as “near a Trent model of a full-back as you will get” when required.
However these feedback might increase eyebrows with regards his use by Klopp, with an more and more widespread opinion being that he’s diluted within the hybrid function.
Alexander-Arnold, who’s averaging fewer touches per 90 for his membership this season than in every of the final 5 campaigns, added: “[Southgate] defined to me there might be a possible alternative in midfield going ahead for me.
“After I heard these phrases, it ignited one thing inside me. There was an opportunity for me to go on the market and take it and I believe that’s what I did.
“Hopefully I’ll have the ability to construct on that.”