John Aldridge doesn’t want Trent Alexander-Arnold to move position. This comes after a game in midfield for England last week.
Trent Alexander-Arnold wasn’t just back in the England side this week – he was in midfield. This comes after a long-time suggestion that he could excel there.
Gary Lineker, for instance, believes Alexander-Arnold should play in the middle. The thinking appears to be that he’s a top player who would see more of the ball.
John Aldridge, however, does not see it that way. He believes the ‘specialist’ right-back must stay where he’s thriving.
Aldridge on Alexander-Arnold
“Looking at Trent Alexander-Arnold statistics at right-back, he’s fantastic in that position,” Aldridge wrote for the Liverpool Echo. “The crosses that he delivers into the box, for a striker they are unbelievable.
“With the quality that he’s putting in, he’s getting better with age, better with experience.
“If Liverpool were to get another Alexander-Arnold coming through the Academy, then that’s an option to play him in midfield.
“If something was to happen down the line, Joe Gomez can play alright at right-back, and we have injuries in midfield, then Alexander-Arnold could be used there if he wants to.
“For me, Alexander-Arnold is a specialist right-back. At this point in time, that’s where he should stay.”
It’s easy to side with Aldridge on this one. Alexander-Arnold is an unbelievable talent who is thriving on the flank – why change that? The suggestion is that he’d get even better but that seems unlikely.
For one, the Scouser is currently the most creative player in the Premier League. He leads the league in created chance by 50%, in fact. What more can you really ask for?
Throw in the fact that Liverpool’s system relies so heavily on their full-backs and it would be quite strange to move him. Can Alexander-Arnold play in midfield? Absolute. Should he? We simply don’t see why.