Trent Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed a superb season as Liverpool’s first-choice right-back, turning in some truly exceptional displays.

He has made the position his own after winning a battle with fellow youngster Joe Gomez for the starting position.

Gomez hasn’t missed out, though, and was Klopp’s preferred partner for Virgil van Dijk at centre-back until his unfortunate, untimely injury.

Why Liverpool need a new right-back to avoid using Joe Gomez in that position

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It was in the middle of the defence that Gomez excelled, despite some more than adequate performances on the right.

However, Gomez was sometimes caught out of position and playing him there means that you lose Trent’s incredible attacking contributions.

He can deputise there in times of need, should Trent pick up an injury, for example.

Why Liverpool need a new right-back to avoid using Joe Gomez in that position

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But his talents are better used centrally where he’s less vulnerable, highlighting the need for a new right-back for Klopp.

The only other option Liverpool have in that area is Rafa Camacho, who looks destined to leave this summer.

 

Taking Gomez out as a centre-back and playing him at right-back also further limits Klopp’s options for central defenders.

Why Liverpool need a new right-back to avoid using Joe Gomez in that position

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Being short on personnel in an area where Liverpool have excelled this season would not be an ideal scenario going forward.

If Liverpool do recruit at right-back, however, it means that there will be five choices at centre-back if nobody leaves.

That means there’s adequate cover across the defensive line – apart from left-back where you assume Klopp will also strengthen.

As able as Gomez is at right-back, it makes no sense to play him there unless we absolutely have to.

He has said himself that he prefers and is more comfortable at centre-back, so let’s avoid playing him out of position.

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