Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold told two new roles he could play
Former Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson talks about Trent Alexander-Arnold and his form for Liverpool and England.
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Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been told of two new positions he could play that may help him turn his season around. The England man has been criticised for his defensive abilities as Jurgen Klopp’s side sit eighth in the Premier League table, and he was left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad to face Germany.
Alexander-Arnold’s deficiencies at the back have been highlighted this season as a Liverpool squad decimated with injuries has struggled defensively, and have only kept two clean sheets so far this campaign. Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes that a switch in roles could benefit the England man, and explained he could play in midfield or on the right wing.
“I still think I would have him in the [World Cup] squad,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “He is a fantastic footballer. He can create things. Surely someone has to work with him. Those little parts of his game. Most of his game is incredible going forward, his passing and his crossing. He is still open to that ball inside and not aware sometimes defensively or at the back post.
“Someone has to work with him on the training ground? Let’s do 20 minutes every day. Get your body position right. Get yourself back in position and just do a bit with him. It’s not rocket science to spend a bit of time and sort those problems out because he has got a few problems defensively.
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“I would still take him. But, we are very strong at right-back, for sure. But he would be in my squad. He could even play in different positions. He has the ability to play forward, play central [midfield] or wide in front of the right-back.”
England boss Southgate didn’t play Alexander-Arnold for one minute during Nations League games against Italy and Germany, prompting calls that the full-back should consider retiring from international duty if he is not named in the World Cup squad. The former Middlesbrough coach explained why the likes of Kieran Trippier are ahead of Alexander-Arnold in his pecking order.
“I’ve had long conversations with all of them [who have been left out of the squad],” Southgate said after the 3-3 draw with Germany. The other night [against Italy], we didn’t need the left-back cover.
“Against Germany we did because of the way we went with the team so we needed Chilly [Ben Chilwell] on the bench and we had Kieran who, at the moment, I feel his all-round game is ahead [of Alexander-Arnold].”
Southgate has regularly preferred Tripper, Kyle Walker and Reece James to Alexander-Arnold while even Danny Rose has had more minutes for England than the Liverpool defender under Southgate, despite making his last appearance in 2019 and is now without a club. A change of role may be what is needed for Alexander-Arnold to find his way back into the England team.
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