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Trent the midfielder?

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by Modo, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. Modo

    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    I've always said that his future is in midfield, your thoughts?
    We can probably find a fullback that is better at defending but we're going to have a hard time finding a defender who can cross the ball like he can.

    Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold open to Steven Gerrard role switch

    Caoimhe O'Neill
    • 08:11, 10 OCT 2019
    Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold has admitted he would be open to making the switch from full-back to midfielder in the future.

    A role in the middle of the park has long been associated with the 21-year-old since he broke into the Reds' first-team in the 2017/18 season.

    And having modelled his game on Steven Gerrard, the England international has insisted he would be open to a move.

    This comes after Jamie Carragher claimed Alexander-Arnold could become Liverpool's own Kevin De Bruyne.

    In response to this the right-back told the press: "Obviously I’m a defender first and foremost, then I want to try and help the team create chances.

    "For now the manager has decided I’m a right back. That’s where I’ll play. I’m really not fussed where I play. I just want to play football.


    "If a manager decides to use me in midfield, or as a centre-back or a striker then that’s where I’ll play."

    After his 16 assists haul last term, the Academy graduate has already scored once and set up three goals this season.

    The Champions League winner added: "[I modelled myself on] Gerrard, really. Everything about his game I always admired. I always studied him and wanted to be like him."

    "It’s maybe not that important to compare because at a young age, you haven’t achieved the things those types of players have. It’s difficult to say whether you will or won’t. Who knows?

    "For now, it’s about having an open mind and wanting to achieve those types of levels, wanting to be those types of players, wanting to reach the levels they’ve reached.
     
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  2. Frogfish

    Frogfish Gone to Redcafe Member

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    I can see this happening in the distant future but not in the near future. Klopp has already addressed this and he's not moving him any time soon.

    Basically he suits the style of play Klopp currently employs and there wouldn't be any benefit to moving him to say take over the Hendo role and then having to find another overlapping FB.
     
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  3. doctor_mac

    doctor_mac My cowboy name is Garland Justice Moderator

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    He doesn't have Gerrard's pace or strength, and whilst he has a wand of a right boot, he isn't a terrific dribbler. I just don't see it, and I don't see why we'd want to switch him given the importance of FBs in Klopp's system.
     
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    hmmmmm1 Very Active Member

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    If we had decent cover at RB or hoover stepping up, this is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
     
  5. juniormember

    juniormember Well-Known Member

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    He has far too many careless passes for him to be relied upon in midfield. Keep him it right back where he’ll often get away with it, and where he can put in some spectacular crosses.
     
  6. tombrown

    tombrown Very Well-Known Member

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    This comparison to Gerrard, in terms of starting as right back and switching to midfield, is so lazy. I don't think Gerrard played more than half a dozen games at right back (probably not even that) and, even then, he wasn't used exclusively as a right back. He was breaking into the team and would sometimes get an opportunity at right back, but also sometimes in midfield.

    That aside, in our current system, Trent offers so much more at right back than he would in midfield. So, unless our system changes dramatically AND we sign or develop another excellent right back, then it won't happen.

    Could he play in midfield? Yes. Will he play in midfield? Unlikely I think
     
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  7. Hyena

    Hyena Well-Known Member

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    No kid wants to be Gary Neville.

    But I'm sure plenty of kids want to be Trent Alexander Arnold
     
  8. Mystic

    Mystic Moderator Moderator

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    He's one of the best right backs on the planet, no need to fuck around with it.
     
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    keniget Part of the Furniture Member

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    I hope this doesn't become a burning issue.

    He's contributing a lot at RB and it feels like trying to move him to midfield would create more problems than it solves (at least in the short-term).

    Dani Alves was arguably far too good and influential to be a RB but look at the career he had.

    For now, TAA should be looking to Alves rather than Gerrard.
     
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    He's doing just fine where he is & he seems happy enough playing there.

    Usually players adapt to a new role on the pitch much later on in their career so would
    seem a little senseless.
     
  11. Judge Jules

    Judge Jules SCM Addict Member

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    Similar things would sometimes be said about Magic at various points in his career, not just when he played for us.  It was tried at times too, but never for long, because without the space in front of Magic that he used to have playing at fullback his attacking play was blunted and a lot less productive.

    Trent is a better player IMO (though I was a bigger fan of Magic than some other forumites were) but I could see the same kind of thing happening with him.  Besides, he's doing too well at RB for me to want to tinker with that.  If it ain't broke (and it certainly ain't in Trent's case) don't "fix" it  FFS.
     
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    Side note but imagine prime Gerrard in our midfield currently.
     
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    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    Some bellend will probably say that he'd struggle to get into the team ahead of our current midfield and would have to settle for being back-up to Salah at Attacking Right Midfield
     
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    Some bellend only on this website, you’re right.
     
  15. Modo

    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    I think he'd struggle to get into the team ahead of our CL midfield. he may have to settle for being an occasional back up in the front 3 - probably on the right, when Salah is injured or off form
     
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    Have to be honest this is true but isn't Trent still only 20 years old?  He could definitely develop those skills if he was placed in midfield.
     
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    Being a terrific dribbler isn’t a prerequisite for a great CM though. Being a terrific passer is, and that’s arguably Trent’s biggest strength.
     
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    mark1975 Moderator Moderator

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    To be honest, if he played in midfield, he'd probably occupy that inside right position anyway, so would we really lose what we already get from him? He's more dynamic than anything we have in midfield and we can get a rightback who's better defensively. Not that Trent is poor there, but he does get targeted and wander a fair bit.

    Best of both Worlds really.
     
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    Yes, but so are his shit careless passes. Something we rarely saw from a young Gerrard, apart from his long balls (talking short to mid length passes here).
    Very happy to have him at right back.
     

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