Jamie Carragher can't believe the 'nonsense' he's been hearing about 22-year-old Liverpool player
Jamie Carragher has suggested to Monday Night Football that it is ‘nonsense’ to claim that Trent Alexander-Arnold should be playing in central midfield.
No midfield role?
There has been some claims, including from the England manager Gareth Southgate, that Alexander-Arnold could end up in central midfield.
But Carragher just finds it bizarre that so many people want to change Alexander-Arnold’s position.
At right-back, the Liverpool man acts just like a playmaker, even from his deep position.
Picking up the ball with the game in front of him appears to suit the England international more than when he shifts into an advanced position.
Indeed this season, Alexander-Arnold has already created 20 chances for his teammates – more than any other player in the Premier League – and he claimed an assist at the weekend.
His display against Leeds United was nothing short of outstanding.
And Carragher batted aside suggestions that he should ever change position.
He said: “We were looking at Trent yesterday to do analysis, even before the weekend.
“It came on the back of Gareth Southgate playing him in midfield and there’s always this debate about should Trent play in midfield.
“I have never quite got it, I haven’t got it at all. When I hear people say it, I think it’s absolute nonsense to be totally honest.
“He’s actually creating that many goals in the position that he’s in, why would you change it. It’s just madness!”
Carragher’s opinion was backed up by Gary Neville, and Jurgen Klopp also seems to be of the same belief.
At Liverpool, therefore, he is highly unlikely to be shifted out of his right-back role any time soon.
For England though, Alexander-Arnold has already played in central midfield, and with the Three Lions having such a wealth of options at right-back, it may benefit him to be able to play in more than one position.