Tuesday night saw Bayern Munich demolish Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The German champions ran out 7-2 winners in North London. 4 goals from Serge Gnabry, 2 from Robert Lewandowski and 1 from Joshua Kimmich caused a humiliating night for Mauricio Pochettino’s men. One tactical move Bayern Munich made could reap rewards for Liverpool if they follow suit.
Joshua Kimmich is Trent Alexander-Arnold’s biggest competitor for the title of ‘best right back in the world’. The German has been in red hot form for Munich in the past couple of years, last season registering 13 assists in the Bundesliga, 1 more than Trent managed in the Premier League.
On Tuesday night, Kimmich started the game in midfield, a position he has been shifted into this season. This is not an unusual move by Bayern as they have often utilised left back David Alaba in the middle of the park over the years. Kimmich was imperious in his first half display, his stunning long range finish testament to his performance. He broke up attacks and was positive on the front foot.
Alexander-Arnold came through the Liverpool academy as a centre midfielder before being shifted to right back whilst breaking through into the first team, he made the position is own and has never looked back. However, there have been questions over his defensive consistency and many have wondered if he will spend his entire Reds career at full back.
If Liverpool follow Bayern’s lead, they could get the very best out of Alexander-Arnold. It wouldn’t be the first time a Reds legend has shifted position after coming through the academy; Jamie Carragher started his career up front, Steven Gerrard began life in the first team as a right winger. Jürgen Klopp should pay close attention to Joshua Kimmich.