Liverpool legend Graeme Souness disagrees with the notion that Jurgen Klopp should switch Trent Alexander-Arnold into Liverpool’s midfield to get the best out of him, claiming the midfield area is too crowded.
It has long been argued that Alexander-Arnold is excellent as an attacking player but sometimes vulnerable defensively.
The new midfield role made him more effective in both aspects.
By dropping into the space behind Liverpool’s three-man midfield, the 24-year-old has been able to get on the ball more often and have more time to see the game in front of him.
Also, by allowing him to do his offensive work in the middle of the park rather than high up the right flan, Alexander-Arnold had less ground to cover when he needed to track-back into his defensive position. This has made Liverpool less vulnerable in transitional moments.
Many fans are of the same belief, however former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness thinks otherwise, and argues that right-back is the “best position” for Alexander-Arnold to play in Klopp’s Liverpool side.
In his column for the Daily Mail, Souness wrote: “I have seen the arguments about Trent Alexander-Arnold being deployed as a right-sided midfielder at Liverpool because of his perceived shortcomings in defence. I don’t agree with them.
“I think Trent is better coming onto the ball from the full-back position, rather than being in the congested midfield areas.
“Full-back has always been the easiest place to play because when you receive the ball, you are looking forward at 20 players with no threat from behind.”