Jurgen Klopp was at a loss for words when describing Trent Alexander-Arnold’s latest performance for Liverpool
The former Borussia Dortmund manager finally settled on ‘absolutely insane,’ a description well-deserved by a footballer who appears to be thriving in his new role in the middle of the park.
“I love the counter-press, I love the way we build up, and I have to say… Trent’s stuff was… wow!” “Absolutely insane,” the German said to BT Sport.
Another assist for the England international, who provided the crucial pass for Cody Gakpo’s stunning equalizer in the first half.
It’s difficult to disagree with the German’s assessment, and it certainly raises concerns about how our No.66 will be used next term.
Fundamentally, Alexander-Arnold benefits from having access to the space ahead of him by starting deep in a fullback role and venturing out when we have the ball.
Starting higher up the pitch, while not completely depriving the right-back of space to exploit, would force him to be much cuter in smaller pockets of space, which could have a negative impact in terms of maximizing his creative abilities.
"The stuff we played was absolutely incredible."
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Similarly, there’s the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ argument to fall back on while one of England’s most talented footballers continues to produce world-class performances from his hybrid role.