‘I struggle to understand’ – Jurgen Klopp takes aim at Gareth Southgate over use of Liverpool star

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Jurgen Klopp has appeared to take a sly dig at England manager Gareth Southgate over his use of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

It’s quite remarkable to think that Alexander-Arnold is only 22-years-old. It feels as though he’s been a mainstay in the Liverpool starting XI for years.

As soon as the young right-back graduated into the first-team and began to showcase his expansive passing range and dangerous set-piece ability, you could tell Liverpool had found themselves a phenom.

At the time of writing, there isn’t a better right-back in world football than Alexander-Arnold – yet, Gareth Southgate fielded him at central midfield for 45 minutes against Andorra.

The England boss decided to trial Alexander-Arnold in a brand new role, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp today revealing that he simply does not see the logic behind it.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold played in midfield for England against Andorra

He certainly has a point. Alexander-Arnold is at home in the right-back position and has proven himself to be the best in the business when operating in that area.

Moving him into midfield does feel as though you are tinkering with something that doesn’t need to be tinkered with.

Whether this is a direct dig at Southgate from Klopp, or rather at the idea of Trent playing central midfield, which has floated around for a while, is not clear.

Either way, you can be sure that you won’t be seeing him in midfield for Liverpool anytime soon…

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  1. Totally agree with Klopp about Trent A-A’s.

    I am frustrated with Southgate’s defensive format. It seems to me he fears of opponent attacks.

    His format failed to beat Italy in Euro final because it was too defensive. Southgate deployed eight (8) defenders, if I am not wrong, e.g. Mount, Stone, Walker, Maguire, Shaw, Rice, Phillips and Tripper, while there were only two forwards, Kane and Sterling.

    How’s about attacking format? How’s about replacements of Henderson and Trent A-A for Phillips and Tripper respectively?

    This would create opportunities for attacking combined with Rice and Shaw on the left, and Henderson and Trent on the right.
    Trent is certainly much better than Tripper when crossing the balls to the striker like Kane. He even can shoot as can be seen at the club level.

    I also struggle to understand why he recently played Poland without attacking football from the right, AGAIN.

    My England XI would be 3-4-2-1 where Walker, Stone and Maguire are defenders, Trent A-A and Shaw as right and left backs, Rice and Henderson as midfielders, Sterling and Saka as supportive striker, and a lone striker is of course Kane.

    The current England team is not just another golden generation but the World Cup winners.

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