Danny Murphy believes Trent Alexander-Arnold is out of the England squad for the World Cup. The Liverpool star certainly isn’t a guarantee.
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy sees a big decision coming as Gareth Southgate picks his World Cup squad. Trent Alexander-Arnold, it seems, may not make it to Qatar.
“I don’t think he goes,” Murphy told TalkSPORT. “I don’t think Gareth will pick him. Would I pick him? Yes – I mean this genuinely. The thing that Trent gives you that none of the others do, and even if you don’t start him, he can do things from an attacking point of view that the others can’t.
“He sees passes they don’t see and he can cross a ball better than any of them. I’m not suggesting that [Kieron] Trippier and [Reece] James aren’t good crossers of the ball but Trent is a creative player.
“[Defensive solidity] is why he wouldn’t start and that’s why he won’t go. I don’t think he’ll go, no.”
Trent Alexander-Arnold to be left out of the World Cup squad
No one would be too shocked by this. Southgate has already left Alexander-Arnold out of one England squad and his plethora of options at right-back could see him do it again.
It would be ridiculous, of course. Alexander-Arnold now has this bizarre reputation where people believe he’s not good enough to start for anyone other than one of the world’s best teams. It doesn’t really make any sense but that’s where we are.
From a Liverpool point of view, though, they’ll be quietly hoping that Murphy is right. This season is already shaping up to be a mess for every team, given a mid-season World Cup will shatter players’ fitness levels. Those who don’t attend the tournament stand to hold a major advantage over the second half of the season.
Liverpool already have a nice number of stars who will get a holiday. Having Alexander-Arnold on the list also could be a significant boost in the trophy hunt.