Trent Alexander-Arnold will start for England against San Marino this evening, the Times reports.
The Scouser has been fabulous for Liverpool this season despite consistent claims that he’s bad at defending. The myth that he is a bad defender has now become widely accepted as fact.
He’s a victim of his own creative role in the side which requires him to play as a right-side midfielder at times and the lack of cover behind him leaves Liverpool very exposed.
That’s not his fault, however.
Despite being an obviously talented player on the ball, Trent has battled to break into the England squad, with Gareth Southgate preferring Reece James and Kyle Walker.
Their defensive prowess means that Klopp prefers them to Trent and then when England play disjointed and slow football, it comes as a surprise to the same fans that slander the 23-year-old.
On one hand, I’m happy that he doesn’t play for England regularly as it means he’s likely to sustain a pointless injury but on the other hand, Trent deserves to enhance his reputation by balling on the international stage.
The Times reports that he will “get an opportunity to impress” but I don’t know what more Southgate and England want from him as he’s shown consistently over the last four years that he is the best-attacking fullback on the planet.
The best teams in the world are the ones that are able to attack with speed and precision while defending with intelligence and composure but Southgate’s conservative approach is holding the Three Lions back.
Only playing Trent, who is valued at £67.5m, against lowly opposition like San Marino is simply disrespectful to a player who stands head and shoulders above every other in his position.