Gary Lineker believes Trent Alexander-Arnold is ‘too good a footballer to be a full-back’ following Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Man City on Thursday.
Despite being on the losing side, Alexander-Arnold delivered a brilliant, cross-field pass to allow Andy Robertson to set up Roberto Firmino’s equaliser at the Etihad.
Should Alexander-Arnold move into midfield? Five key things to know…
- Trent Alexander-Arnold has played 66 times for Liverpool season since making his debut last term.
- Most of those games have seen him be deployed at right-back by Jurgen Klopp.
- During his academy days, however, the 20-year-old played in central-midfield, regarding that as his natural position.
- Alexander-Arnold played a wonderful, cross-field pass in the build-up to Liverpool’s goal against Man City on Thursday.
- This prompted Gary Lineker to call for the England international to be moved into midfield.
This once again showed the 20-year-old’s talent on the ball, with the calls to move the England international into midfield now gathering pace.
And adding his voice to that debate was Gary Lineker, who took to Twitter to voice his opinion with a post that read: “Brilliant play from Liverpool. I do think Trent Alexander-Arnold is too good a footballer to be a fullback. Must end up in midfield.”
Alexander-Arnold’s exploits in a Liverpool shirt have seen him pick up five caps for the England senior side to date, scoring once.
Liverpool’s defeat to Man City was their first in the Premier League this season and allows Pep Guardiola’s side to cut the gap to just four points at the top of the table.
Jurgen Klopp’s men travel to Wolves in the FA Cup on Monday in their next game.
How Twitter reacted to Alexander-Arnold’s pass
It wasn’t just Gary Lineker waxing lyrical about Alexander-Arnold’s pass in Thursday night’s game, with ex-players, media outlets and fans alike taking to Twitter to show their appreciation for a great show of skill.
Here are some of the best reactions.
— TheKop.com (@TheKop_com) January 3, 2019
That is a stunning pre-assist by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Firstly, the vision to see the pass to Andy Robertson and then the execution to perfectly weight the ball.
That’s game-changing. pic.twitter.com/5PYLaQAYUY
— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) January 3, 2019
That is a very, very good cross Trent John Alexander-Arnold.#MCFCvLFC
— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) January 3, 2019
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) January 3, 2019
Couple of devastating runs from Sterling…great goal keeping there to stop Aguero…loving Trent-Alexander Arnold’s passing range 👌🏼
— Jody Morris (@morriskid) January 3, 2019