Earlier this week on Sunday, Trent Alexander-Arnold was moved into midfield for England’s World Cup Qualifier tie against Andorra, fulfilling the somewhat irrational fantasies of many a football pundit and fan. Gareth Southgate’s little experiment lasted for the whole of the first half before the Trent switched back to right-back with Reece James making way for Jack Grealish.
Liverpool FC captain Jordan Henderson, who played in the pivot with Trent for that game, was complimentary of his teammate’s efforts... but also tempered down any talk of him moving into midfield permanently:
“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.”
The captain, he’s always got a point you know.