Liverpool have assembled one of the strongest squads in world football; more than that the squad is at an age where it won’t need a major overhaul for a couple more years. In some areas the squad is set for a decade or more, such as at right back. We have the best right back in the world and one of the most promising young right backs in the country behind him. However, there has been much debate as to the long term positional future of our right back. Following a bland draw in Copenhagen, Trent Alexander-Arnold should switch to centre midfield for England.
Alexander-Arnold history at centre midfield
Trent Alexander-Arnold came through the ranks at the academy playing centre midfield.
When the youngster broke into the first team he was switched to right back, covering an injured Nathaniel Clyne.
He has retained the position, mainly down to the unique way in which he can control a game from full back.
Despite this, his range of passing has led for many to call for him to move back into the centre of the park.
England took on Denmark in the Nations League this week and it was one of the worst games of football televised in a decade.
The Three Lions played out one of the most boring 0-0 draws you are likely to see.
Gareth Southgate started with Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice in the middle of the park and it was uninspiring to say the least.
The side created very very little as the game petered out into a goalless draw.
Alexander-Arnold at centre midfield for England
Gareth Southgate has to accept two things: his centre midfield options are pretty uninspiring and he has too many right backs.
At the moment the gaffer has Kieran Trippier, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold all vying for the right back slot.
Whilst in the middle of the park he has no deep lying playmakers to launch attacks. He has attacking midfielders, box to box players, ball winners, sure. But he has nobody there to split open a defence from deep.
Southgate switching Alexander-Arnold to centre midfield for England would kill two birds with one stone – solving the creativity problem whilst also opening up a slot for the likes of Wan Bissaka.
The move could also give Jürgen Klopp an insight as to how Trent can hold up in the middle of the park in the men’s game, could he also make the switch at Liverpool given the promise of Neco Williams?