Sam Allardyce has praised the ‘quality’ of vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The 25-year-old has been one of Liverpool’s best players in this season, and has now added leadership qualities to his already impressive skill set.
He has scored some crucial goals for the Reds this campaign, including a priceless equalizer away to Manchester City and a winner against Fulham at Anfield.
The success that Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool have enjoyed this season can partly be attributed to Jurgen Klopp’s tactical tweak.
The 25-year-old picks up the ball in central areas while in possession as he inverts into midfield during the attacking build-up.
Now Sam Allardyce has weighed in with his view on the England international, while also claiming he is a central midfielder by nature.
What did Sam Allardyce say about Trent Alexander-Arnold?
Speaking on his No Tippy Tappy Football podcast, the former England manager heaped praise on Liverpool’s No.66:
“Anybody that says it [midfield] shouldn’t be his permanent position I think is barking up the wrong tree,” said the 69-year-old.
“It also saves Liverpool a lot of money buying a midfield player with that quality.”
“What I like about his range of passing, most of the time he looks 30, 40, 50, 60 meters first, not 5, 10 meters.”
“He looks 20, 30, 40 metres on, can he play somebody in, and he has the capability of playing that long pass and breaking defences with just one ball.”
There’s no doubt Trent Alexander-Arnold would make a good midfielder.
He already showcased that when trusted by Gareth Southgate to start in midfield for England in the previous international break.’
It will be interesting to see if Alexander-Arnold will occupy a midfield role for his country during Euro 2024 next year.