Jamie Carragher doesn’t like a suggestion from Gary Lineker one bit. The Liverpool legend doesn’t want Trent Alexander-Arnold moved about.
Gary Lineker took to Twitter on Saturday evening to suggest Trent Alexander-Arnold should move position. He doesn’t believe Liverpool are getting the best out of him.
“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.”
This came after Alexander-Arnold caught the eye against Chelsea. The right-back created five chances, including a wonderful cross-field pass for Jordan Henderson that probably should have brought the opener.
But Jamie Carragher believes Lineker has this all wrong.
Carragher reacts to Lineker suggestion
“No he shouldn’t [change position],” said Carragher. “Fullbacks get more of the ball than anyone & a bit more time on it to pick out their passes.
“The way [Jurgen] Klopp sets up he’s virtually a midfielder in possession anyway. The amount of assists he gets means it would be mad to change his position.”
We’re completely on board with Carragher here, as we wrote in our piece on Lineker’s suggestion.
Why change a winning formula? This isn’t about getting the best out of Alexander-Arnold, after all, but the best out of this group of players. The way the Scouser plays from fullback is vital to Liverpool.
Not that there’s any guarantee that Alexander-Arnold would even improve. He’d get on the ball in the middle more often but arguably less overall. He frequently touches the ball more than anyone else on the pitch from fullback – as he did against Chelsea.
Throw in the more competitive pressing in the middle and we’re not sure he’d have the same success. What we are sure about is that Alexander-Arnold thrives from full-back as one of the world’s most creative players.
No need to risk that.