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Jordan Henderson reveals his opinion on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s best position

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Jordan Henderson reveals his opinion on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s best position

Trent trialled in midfield

A long-running joke among England fans has been the sheer number of right-backs named in squads by Gareth Southgate. Reece James, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold were all named in the Euro 2020 squad, before the Liverpool defender was forced to pull out through injury.

As such, innovative positions have been trialled with them: Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Kieran Trippier have both been deployed as auxiliary left and left wing-backs in the past, while Kyle Walker has made the right centre half position his own in Southgate’s favoured back 3.

Against Andorra, it was the turn of Trent Alexander-Arnold to have a new position, as he found himself deployed in central midfield against the minnows, alongside Jude Bellingham and Liverpool team mate Jordan Henderson.

As much as can be expected against such comfortable opposition, Trent enjoyed a strong showing, perhaps opening the door to future appearances in the centre of the park.

Henderson has his say

However, not all were convinced that Liverpool’s right-back taking up a new role permanently, none more so than his club captain Jordan Henderson. Speaking after the game, he revealed:

“Trent did some good things. Obviously it was his first time really in that position so he’s learning all the time, it’s a new experience for him. He did really well.”

“We changed personnel a little bit in the second half but it is a great experience for him. Going forward it is a possibility for him and the manager will think that’s good for him.

“But at the minute he is so good at right-back, especially at club level, that I don’t see that changing in the near future.

“But it’s good the gaffer here is looking at it to see what he can add – you have to be very talented to play in any position – but for me, he is so good at the right-hand side delivering crosses that he should stick to that for the time being.”

With no recognised back-up on Merseyside, it is unlikely that we will see TAA feature in central midfield at club level any time soon, but could it be his route into the England side?

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