Sunday was a devastating result for Kopites. Man United lined up in an unorthodox formation, starting with two strikers and a false nine, flanked by wing backs. Liverpool’s right back was all at sea positionally. Sunday showed that Trent Alexander-Arnold needs to be moved into centre midfield.
Ashley Young lined up at left wing back for the hosts and he had Trent caught out of position on a number of occasions. Alexander-Arnold wasn’t sure whether to press high or drop off and was regularly caught out by balls over the top as a result. Throughout the game, Trent wasn’t at his brilliant best with his delivery from wide areas, regularly crossing the ball from deep as opposed to getting into more threatening areas.
The Scouser, valued at £72m by Transfermarkt, came through the Liverpool ranks as a centre midfielder and that is obvious to see when you watch him closely. Trent Alexander Arnold needs to be moved back into centre midfield. He has a better passing range than Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum. At least once a game you will see Trent nonchalantly ping an inch perfect pass across the field into Andy Robertson’s feet.
If Trent Alexander-Arnold was playing centre midfield he would offer his clear tackling ability whilst also bringing his inimitable passing range and the flair that has made him one of world football’s hottest prospects. Who can forget his corner against Barcelona? To keep Trent at right back would be to waste him, it is time to look at Bayern Munich’s handling of Joshua Kimmich – let’s get the best out of the Scouser in our team.