Liverpool have the strongest starting XI in the world and the trophy to prove it, Jürgen Klopp is also lucky in that this squad still has a few more years together before it needs an overhaul. Although it is at some point in the seemingly distant future this overhaul will be a difficult process, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed he is focused on “finding the next Trent, the next Robbo”.
Liverpool’s two full backs have been their main creative forces for the past few seasons. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have established themselves as two of the finest attacking wide defenders in the world.
An infographic by The Athletic’s Alex Stewart recently highlighted just how good Trent is at getting the ball up the pitch, putting him streaks ahead of other players his age.
Ok last one, I promise (for now) – these are the 22 and unders getting at least five games last season and making at least six prog passes per 90 (see next tweet for definition), so they’re all potentially very good at getting the ball forwards pic.twitter.com/aFinFcIBVb
— Alex Stewart (@AFHStewart) July 25, 2020
Liverpool depth at full back
At the minute there is only one out and out full back covering both sides of defence: Neco Williams. James Milner has regularly filled in at left back and Joe Gomez has popped up at right back but neither offer a fraction of the attacking impetus that the first choice wing backs do.
Jürgen Klopp is well aware of the dearth of options behind our first choice full backs, he told Goal:
“We think constantly about our situation and we know we need to find solutions for that but that’s how it is.
“We will have other solutions for those problems but again finding the next Trent, the next Robbo is difficult but maybe possible and we will work on that 100 percent.”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool undoubtedly need cover at full back but finding ‘the next Trent, the next Robbo’ is an almighty task – we are talking about two of the best in the world in their positions.
The Reds will likely look for young talents to replace them in the coming years. Neco Williams will at some point have to specialise in one side of the defence, or be moved further up the pitch.
Nuno Mendes has recently been touted as a potential long term successor to Robbo, however Trent is yet to have a long term successor touted.