Gareth Southgate has come in for much criticism from Liverpool fans in recent months. The national side’s gaffer has consistently picked Kieran Trippier at right back and ignored Joe Gomez at centre back. The England boss could prove critical to the career of Trent Alexander-Arnold if he makes the bold decision to play him in centre midfield.
For some reason, Southgate seems intent on giving Kieran Trippier as many chances as he wants to prove himself. The Atletico Madrid full back got the nod over Trent during the World Cup last summer and has been a regular feature in the Euros qualifying squad since.
If Southgate is so insistent on playing Trippier at right back for England, then why not play Alexander-Arnold in centre midfield?
The Scouser has clearly got the ability to move further up the pitch. In recent months he has drawn comparisons to Kevin De Bruyne, Xabi Alonso and Steven Gerrard due to his immense creativity and passing range.
During his time in the Liverpool academy Trent played as a centre midfielder. It was only when he was breaking into the first team that he moved into right back.
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When Joshua Kimmich joined Bayern Munich he was a centre midfielder. Like Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool, the German had to break into the Munich team at full back.
Kimmich is predominantly deployed as a centre midfielder for his country and is now getting more games in the same role at Bayern. Gareth Southgate should follow suit. The England midfield is uninspired and lacks creativity. If Southgate is so intent on Trippier, why not drop Harry Winks or Declan Rice and move Alexander-Arnold into centre midfield?