Can Trent Alexander-Arnold follow in Steven Gerrard’s footsteps?

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Dave Davis believes that Alexander-Arnold will follow in Steven Gerrard’s footsteps and make the transition from right back to central midfield in the coming years.

When most Reds were looking for a central midfielder to be added to the ranks, Jurgen Klopp was quick to remind us that James Milner’s switch from left back was like a new signing.

Emre Can is looking odds-on for a move to pastures new and with questions about other players in the central area, it may well be that Klopp has already thought about one solution that exists in-house.

The match against Spurs will be remembered for a lot of things, yet the performance of Trent Alexander-Arnold won’t be top of too many fans’ lists. The local lad enjoyed a terrific game, winning numerous headers and tackles and finding himself unlucky to receive a yellow card for his challenge on Ben Davies.

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Additionally, two sensational balls from out wide for both Milner and Firmino rightly drew applause from Anfield and could easily have resulted in goals on another day.

Alexander-Arnold has found himself at right-back when he’s started and for the large part has performed well. There has been the odd defensive lapse, which is to be expected from a 19-year-old still learning his trade.

Few will forget his free-kick against Hoffenheim in the Champions League qualifier and with three goals and an assist to date, there’s real expectation that the West Derby youngster will become a mainstay of Liverpool’s side for years to come.

Midfield may well be where the England U21 international could begin next season, though. Klopp won’t look to move him around whilst Clyne is still working his way back to fitness, but it may well be on his agenda for the future.

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Milner is 32 years old and may want to enjoy more first-team football, questions still remain over Henderson and it’s been a disappointing season for Wijnaldum all things considered. With Can likely to move on and even with Keita’s pending arrival, Klopp always like to have options in that area.

It may well be that again Alexander-Arnold finds himself being used sparingly as his development continues, but for a player with such talent and attributes it seems unlikely that right-back will be his long-term calling.

A certain Huyton-born lad played that role in his early days, yet the switch came quickly enough. Shankly said: “if they’re good enough, they’re old enough.” Klopp’s been keen to reference the great man recently, it’ll be interesting to see how he applies that statement.



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