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Klopp baffled by Alexander-Arnold treatment

Jurgen Klopp admits he was baffled by Gareth Southgate’s decision to play “the best right-back in the world” Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield during England’s 4-0 win over Andorra in their 2022 World Cup qualifier.

The 22-year-old was played in a more advanced role even though Southgate had a number of recognised midfield options in his squad, though his experiment in the centre of the pitch did only last 45 minutes – as he then swapped with Reece James, another specialist full-back, and returned to his usual role on the right.

Alexander-Arnold has long been touted as a future midfielder, having played the position when he was a youth player. But ever since breaking into Liverpool’s side, he has played at right-back – a position his manager has long claimed he is the best in the world in.

Now, speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp admits he couldn’t understand why Alexander-Arnold would be played in midfield, adding that he feels he’s more suited to playing as a traditional number six rather than as a more advanced eight if he has to play there at all.

“In this game, in a game where England are that dominant for example, or that we are that dominant that Trent could play in midfield, I would rather he was the six than in this case the eight,” Klopp remarked.

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