Trent Alexander-Arnold may just face a position change before long. That’s after reports made an offer for a new player.
Tuttosport claims Liverpool want Wilfried Singo. They offered £17m, apparently, only for the Italians to reject it.
It’s an interesting one, suggesting Liverpool may want to try something a little different going forward. Singo plays a position the Reds don’t technically use, after all – right-wingback.
Now, really, they do play with wingbacks. Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold play so high up the pitch that they effectively aren’t full-backs.
They cover the entire wing as the actual wingers cut inside. They are, in practice, wingbacks.
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We imagine Singo would be backup to Alexander-Arnold, then. But if he is, it hints at Liverpool going in a different direction.
Singo isn’t a creative player, after all. He wins tackles and interceptions (averages over 1 per game for each), wins headers (1.8 per game) and runs with the ball (1.9 times per game).
But he creates around 0.8 chances per game. Singo averages under one long pass per game, too, at 0.9.
Compare those latter figures to Alexander-Arnold – 1.8 chances per game and 4.7 long passes per game.
Singo is very different, then. At 20, he can certainly develop areas of his game but Liverpool looking at him suggests they like what he’s got now.
But adding a more solid right-back could mean something different for Alexander-Arnold. It could mean playing in midfield like he did at youth level. Maybe simply moving higher up the wing.
Singo would be a stylistic change, meaning he couldn’t be a pure backup to Alexander-Arnold. Liverpool couldn’t just throw him into the team and expect things to operate the same.
The plan must be to use them together from time to time, then. Or at least to try something different with Singo in the side.
And that may well mean a new Alexander-Arnold in a change of position.