Although starting from the familiar right-back position in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, many times, Alexander-Arnold left his corridor to run into the middle to receive the ball, thereby launching as a midfielder. Alexander-Arnold’s movement is quite similar to the full-backs in the hands of Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta.
Witnessing Alexander-Arnold’s new role, Neville commented: “I don’t understand why Alexander-Arnold is playing like that? Obviously it will take more time to teach him to be a central midfielder, instead because he plays better at right-back.”
“The right wing is where Alexander-Arnold plays best, where he can see the whole pitch from that angle. Not to mention Alexander-Arnold’s move in the middle helps Jesus and Martinelli attack more freely. On the right wing, Konate had to rush out to cover. The away team exploited the space very well in Liverpool’s new 3 defender system, “Neville finished.
In fact, many experts have advised coach Jurgen Klopp to convert Alexander-Arnold into a midfielder. This is because the ability to follow people is not the strength of the English defender, but in return he has great vision and superior passing skills.
Klopp insists in the near future, he still only considers Alexander-Arnold as a right-back. However, looking at the recent layout, it can be seen that Klopp has absorbed outside suggestions and tested the student in a role that requires more skill.