Trent Alexander-Arnold’s career at full-back has been stellar, but a move to midfield has been on the cards for some time.
However, with his 12 Premier League assists so far this season for Liverpool from right-back, the Reds don’t need him to move. England however, could certainly use Alexander-Arnold’s creativity in midfield.
For years, it’s been the one area of the England side that’s received more criticism than anywhere else.
The main accusation being they don’t have anyone who can control the tempo of a match. Alexander-Arnold, on the other hand, has all the attributes needed to control games for England.
His passing ability is one of his most celebrated traits and will be of great use in the England side. With 4.8 long passes per 90, he’s got the range to launch England’s counter-attacks from deep in midfield. He also averages 2.6 key passes per 90, he’d be the creative force that England needs. His 75.8% passing accuracy will have to improve, however.
Playing on the right of Southgate’s midfield could allow him to take on a similar role to Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City.
Playing on the right of the three, he could pick up space in the right channel, swinging crosses into dangerous areas.
His work rate will also be useful in England’s midfield. Jurgen Klopp’s system demands high intensity, as well as quality, and the young scouser has both. This coupled with his defensive work rate makes him the perfect candidate to play at the base of England’s midfield.
Another reason for him moving to midfield for England is the amount of quality right-backs the Three Lions have.
A move back into midfield would also allow Reece James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to come into the side, killing two birds with one stone. James and Wan-Bissaka could rotate at right-back and Alexander Arnold’s playmaking ability won’t be lost.