Trent Alexander-Arnold has been called “David Beckham and Kevin De Bruyne at right-back” by Gary Neville as his debate rages on his position.
The former Manchester United defender was discussing the Liverpool hero with Anfield legend Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football and the debate surrounding his best position on the pitch.
Alexander-Arnold played midfielder for England during the international break, and there was a lot of speculation that he would end up getting there later in his career.
Some have even argued that he practically already plays there for Liverpool because he pushes so high.
What is not up for debate is the skill and incredible passing ability of Alexander-Arnold, and Neville – a right-back of a different breed during his time playing for Manchester United – s’ is shown lyrical about it.
“About him playing in midfield I totally agree with Jamie,” Neville said. Air sports.
“I’ve heard the argument ‘he’s playing in midfield for Liverpool this season anyway with the fact that he’s going inside all the time’.
“When Trent is playing in midfield, he’s playing in that ‘De Bruyne position’ on the inside right. The rest of the game does not take place behind him, so he does not receive the ball back to back.
“This idea that he’s playing in midfield for Liverpool or going into midfield, but the game is ahead of him.
“For England last week he was in midfield with the game behind him and receiving the ball.
“It’s a whole different kettle, it’s not where Trent Alexander-Arnold has to be.
“He has to go into the game with the game in front of him.
“He’s the best passer I have ever seen from the full back. He’s David Beckham and Kevin De Bruyne at right-back. It’s amazing what he does.
Carragher said: “He’s a right-back playmaker. Sometimes you have a playmaker in the titular role, role # 10. “
Neville continued: “I was up against him against Chelsea, Chelsea came down to 10 men and I thought he kept playing that position in the right position and started standing and playing and walking and playing. in the second half.
“I thought about what he did against Leeds, I liked him against Leeds. High energy, front foot, his first challenge against Jack Harrison when he got in front of him on that right side.
“The cross for the goal is more guaranteed than those for the depths.
“I just thought against Chelsea, him running from that right inside channel, or on the overlap he has to run further forward.
“I didn’t like his performance against Chelsea because he didn’t adapt to the game and the circumstances.”
While many Liverpool fans have advised Alexander-Arnold to make the transition to midfield, the defender admitted to talkSPORT he struggled with Gareth Southgate’s recent ‘experience’ for England.
The 22-year-old turned the years back for Red fans as he donned legend Steven Gerrard’s No.4 shirt for the Three Lions, but said he found the demands of the role “difficult”.
“It’s a new role for me, a little different, I think there have been a lot of questions about whether or not I can play it and a lot of opinions have been expressed over the last few weeks,” Alexander-Arnold said. exclusively to UK talkSPORT correspondent Faye Carruthers after their 4-0 victory over Andorra.
“It was an experience the manager wanted to try, but it was difficult for me to have the ball, I found it much more difficult to have the ball in these spaces.
“But whether I start there or start right away, I think I naturally find myself drifting down midfield, getting the ball back and making the play.”
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