Former Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne has reacted to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s change of position in midfield.
Speaking in an interview with Football Daily, the Crystal Palace player claimed his former teammate can excel in the middle of the park, due to his exceptional passing ability.
“Him coming through the academy at Liverpool, I think he was playing quite a few of his games at centre-midfield,” said Clyne.
“So he’s capable of playing that position.
“He’s got the quality obviously with his passing.”
Having filled in for Clyne when he was out injured, Alexander-Arnold went on to maintain his place at right-back – and never lost his regular spot in the starting XI.
Clyne thinks Trent will succeed in midfield
Although these past performances from Alexander-Arnold have been absolutely sublime, he still hasn’t been operating as an out-and-out midfielder.
The Scouser was utilised extremely well as an inverted right-back.
When Liverpool were in possession of the ball, the 24-year-old pushed into midfield as a second six alongside Fabinho.
This meant Andy Robertson tucked in at left centre-back, with the defence operating as a back-three.
If Alexander-Arnold were to start as a midfielder, his role and duties would be vastly different – as would the formation.
Therefore, we think Jurgen Klopp should keep the player where he is – operating just how he has done in the last few games.