Trent Alexander-Arnold has carved out an impressive career at right-back at the age of just 23, but there are conjectures about a possible midfield switch that even he won’t limit.
Liverpool’s number 66 has been the topic of much debate surrounding his involvement in the England squad and his future, whether that be as a career right-back or with a possible move to midfield.
It’s a position he’s no stranger to spending time in in his youth but his experiment with England in September lasted only 45 minutes.
It’s gone Jürgen Klopp to ask the question “why make the best right-back in the world a midfielder?”
Liverpool have adapted to capitalizing on his skills from right-back and success speaks for itself, but what Alexander-Arnold himself is doing out of it all.
First, “right-back” was the answer with a meaningful smile when asked by ITV Sport about his best position.
“Okay, yeah, okay… That’s an interesting thought. Somewhere I always find myself there in any way in the game, I float there and it feels natural,” he explained of Southgate’s midfield plan.
“That’s what went wrong, I would say at half-time it was [vs Andorra].
“Being there, standing there and then trying to find space rather than getting in there unexpectedly and confusing opponents and just feeling the freedom to float there whenever I feel right.”
It was then put to him that his long-term England career realistically only came at right-back, and Alexander-Arnold quickly replied, “No, I wouldn’t say that.
“I don’t like to limit myself. But for now, my focus is on training to get to the right-back position.
“It’s about finding the right system, the right tactics to make it happen.
“Football is a game of oddball opinion,” continued Alexander-Arnold. “According to me [Klopp] wanted to see me go and play a lot, he wanted me to perform like I did for the club.
“Maybe it’s in his mind why I can’t emulate the club form for country too, but he will have his opinion and so will everyone else.”