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    Friday, 10 September 2021

    Trent Alexander-Arnold: 'Why would you make the best right-back in the world a midfielder' - Klopp

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has questioned Trent Alexander-Arnold position change in England win against Andorra on Sunday


    Alexander-Arnold started on the right side of a midfield three in the Three Lions' World Cup qualifier against Andorra at Wembley last Sunday.

    However, it was only when the Reds man was switched by England boss Gareth Southgate to a right wing-back role that he began to impress during the second half and had a role in the final goal in a 4-0 win.

    Jurgen Klopp has questioned England's treatment of Trent Alexander-Arnold by declaring: "Why would you make the best right-back in the world a midfielder?"

    The Liverpool manager has been left bewildered by those who believe Alexander-Arnold needs to be more influential upfield as he pointed to a subtle shift in his game with Liverpool.

    "If you watch our games then you will see that Trent’s position has already changed," said the Reds boss. "Not in all the games but in games where it is possible then his position changed already.

    "So there is no need to now make him now a midfield player. It is a little bit a shame that we talk in 2021 like this about football. Players play everywhere, especially good players are pretty much everywhere.

    "Trent is not very often on the left wing, that is true, but on the right wing he was already everywhere on the pitch.

    "In this game, in a game where England are that dominant for example, or that we are that dominant that Trent could play in midfield, I would rather he was the six than in this case the eight.

    "That is possible but why would you make the best right-back in the world a midfielder? I don’t understand that really."

    Klopp added: "(It's) as if the right-back position is not as important as the others. People who say that, I struggle to understand how you could think that.

    "Some people think that because he plays 10 yards further up the pitch he would be more influential.

    "Being more influential than Trent Alexander-Arnold in the last, I don’t know, how many years he has played for me is really tricky. It would mean I would have to have a proper look to find somebody.

    "He plays the right position, we adapt and try and use his skills absolutely, but in the end the right-back is the one who defends the right side and he is doing that really well.

    "All the rest when we have the ball, we use him as good as we can."

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