Gary Lineker believes Liverpool should use Trent Alexander-Arnold differently. The right-back put in another creative display against Chelsea.
Trent Alexander-Arnold should be used differently – that’s according to Gary Lineker. The England legend doesn’t believe Jurgen Klopp is getting the best out of the 22-year-old.
Said it many times, but the best passer in English football is [Alexander-Arnold],” Lineker wrote on Twitter. “He should be playing, like he did as a kid, in midfield. [Phillip] Lahm switched, [Joshua] Kimmich too.
“The best players should be in a position where they can more frequently use their brilliance.”
Lineker backs Alexander-Arnold change
So Lineker is saying this after Alexander-Arnold again caught the eye against Chelsea. He created five chances for teammates, including a magnificent pass in the first-half for Jordan Henderson.
We can see Lineker’s point, then. Move Alexander-Arnold into the middle and get him more involved. That makes sense in some ways.
But the other side of the coin here is that Alexander-Arnold created five chances for teammates from right-back. What more are you after, exactly? He’s already creating more than anyone else in English football (15 after three games).
It looks to use as though Jurgen Klopp has found the perfect way to frequently get him on the ball in dangerous areas. That’s proven by the fact he’s able to put in these creative performances.
Moving him into the middle could instead see him crowded out. It might see him drop deeper in order to pick out long passes, in fact, as pressing will be more relentless in midfield.
But the big one here is actually Liverpool as a team. Klopp’s job isn’t to get the best out of Alexander-Arnold – it’s to get his team performing to the highest standard.
A huge part of that is having creativity from his full-backs. Take that away and Liverpool aren’t the same European Cup and Premier League-winning team.
So even if Alexander-Arnold did create even more, we’re not sure Liverpool would benefit as a team. They’d certainly be a different outfit but there’s little need to risk that change.
Liverpool can probably settle for Alexander-Arnold averaging five chances per game.