The Reds need to sign a new midfielder or two this summer but their right-back could save them millions.
Journalist Dean Jones has claimed that Liverpool can save loads of money in the transfer window by playing Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield next season.
What’s the latest onTrent Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool?
It’s no secret that the Reds are looking to strengthen their options in the middle of the park next season.
After all, they’ve beenlinkedwith a move for Alexis Mac Allister and Jude Bellingham was a long-time target but he now looks set tojoinReal Madrid.
No doubt, a move for an already established Premier League player such as the Brighton midfielder will cost a lot of money – with a£70m+fee already being touted – but Liverpool could save some if they employ an internal solution instead.
Indeed, while talking on theChasing Green Arrowspodcast, insider Jones claimed that Alexander-Arnold
He explained (45:27): “I’m thinking, is he just going to become a midfielder, never mind like a fake right-back?
“Is he just gonna be a midfielder? Might save Liverpool loads of money by just morphing into like the greatest midfielder, a new David Beckham or something.
“I don’t know, it’s the way he is playing… he’s not a right-back.”
WillAlexander-Arnold play in midfield forLiverpool next season?
Alexander-Arnold has been employed in a new position of late which allows him to operate essentially as a midfielder for Liverpool and it’s certainly worked well so far.
Indeed, as explained by journalist Chris Bascombe inThe Telegraph, the Reds have won six of their seven games since the£180k-p/wdefender’s position was “reimagined”.
What’s more, that report also explains that since April 9, Alexander-Arnold has been number one in the Premier League for goal assists, chances created, passes into the penalty area and through balls.
Of course, this has only been a success in the short-term, but everything seems to suggest that this could be a great solution for Jurgen Klopp going forward.
And while at least one new midfielder is still likely needed this summer – with Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and James Milner all out ofcontact– Alexander-Arnold could reduce the need for multiple signings.
Indeed, if £70m is needed to land Mac Allister, there might not be much money left in the budget to chase many more signings.
But if the right-back can step up in the middle of the park, any leftover money can then be spent on strengthening other areas in the team.