One change this season has been the defensive positioning of Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold; during pre-season and in competitive fixtures, he has been regularly caught napping.
He is adept at recovering with a last ditch challenge, reminiscent of Jamie Carragher; the issue is Virgil Van Dijk’s composure has showed how far we have come from Carra’s heroics.
Our defence is that good now that we shouldn’t need to make those tackles. With Joe Gomez first starting for Liverpool as a full-back, and Joel Matip the world’s most improved defender, does Trent have a future in this Reds defence?
Let’s get one thing clear: Alexander-Arnold will be one of the first names on the Liverpool team sheet until my unborn kids are old enough to enjoy his crossing with a pint of Guinness. The question is where should Trent be playing?
Centre-mid seems a good fit; he played there in the academy and, when you add in his athleticism, determination and tackling ability, he could even pull the sword from the stone and take over The Gerrard Role. But, with the midfield stacked and Grujic impressing in Germany, Trent could find it difficult to cement a place in the midfield.
The youngster’s unrivalled crossing ability could go wasted in centrally and his defensive frailties could let down a titanium back line. His attacking instincts, flair and versatility beckon him to the right wing.
Could the Liverpool youngster follow Gareth Bale? The Welshman was also a wonder-kid full-back prone to defensive errors.
Do I think that there’s a future for Alexander-Arnold in defence? No. Do I think he could set the world alight from the right wing? Most certainly.