Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reviews Brentford game
Jamie Carragher believes Trent Alexander-Arnold could save Liverpool ‘£100million’ if he continues to perform in his new midfield role. The 24-year-old impressed again in Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League win against Brentford to keep top-four hopes alive.
While lining up in his natural right-back position, Alexander-Arnold has started taking up more central areas in recent games, helping him rediscover his best form.
He has provided six assists in his last seven Liverpool appearances, helping Jurgen Klopp’s side make a late push for Champions League football next season.
Liverpool are expected to spend most of their summer budget bolstering Klopp’s midfield ranks, with Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner set to leave Anfield as free agents.
But Carragher is convinced that the Reds can sign one less marquee name if Alexander-Arnold’s long-term future is in midfield.
On commentary duty for Sky Sports, Carragher said: “If Trent plays midfield, he probably saves Liverpool £100m.”
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In his post-match interview, Klopp refused to confirm whether he planned to continue Alexander-Arnold in his revised role beyond this season.
And he admitted that it would likely depend on Liverpool’s summer transfer activity, with at least one new midfielder expected to arrive.
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“If it is long-term, we will see. It just depends on the new players that we bring in,” Klopp explained.
“It suits him extremely well, and I think the chance he set up for Darwin [Nunez] was special, and he was strong defensively, and he still has to adapt to his role in this formation.
“We were a bit passive in the last game, but apart from that, Trent has played almost every minute in the past six games in an intense period with games every three days, and with that, it is outstanding with what he is doing.”
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