‘He could absolutely dominate’ – Lineker claims Liverpool boss Klopp is playing one star in wrong position

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Match of the Day host Gary Lineker thinks Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp should be playing Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield and not right-back.

There has been a debate raging over the last couple of seasons in the Premier League over whether Klopp should look to play Alexander-Arnold in midfield or continue playing him at right-back.

The Liverpool star is one of the best passers and crossers of a ball in the Premier League but his defending and positioning can let him down at times when playing in defence.

Liverpool have been successful with Alexander-Arnold at right-back but there is a school of thought that he could be better utilised in Klopp’s midfield.

Lineker is one of those people, with the former Tottenham and England striker seeing Alexander-Arnold as more of a playmaker from the middle of the park.

When asked if he thinks Alexander-Arnold should play in midfield, Lineker replied: “I’ve said that ever since I saw him.

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“From right-back he’s limited with his incredible passing range because you can only pass to the left. When you play in the middle you can go both ways and he would be much better. He grew up as a midfield player and by chance he got an opportunity at right-back and did exceptionally well.

“Is he the best defender in football? Absolutely not, but you say they can’t win with him at right-back, they’ve won plenty with him there. I do feel myself personally that he should be in midfield, in there as a playmaker he could absolutely dominate.”

England were brilliant in their 3-1 victory over Scotland on Tuesday night but former Three Lions goalkeeper Robert Green reckons their display in their 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Saturday highlighted their need for Alexander-Arnold.

Green said on the Football Daily Podcast:”The big takeaway from it, the way the game panned out was the one true winner of the game was Trent Alexander-Arnold. And playing in that midfield role with the quarterback as we called him and it ended up with Harry Kane dropping into that role to play that ball.

“He would have added something different into that dimension in midfield if selected. Obviously being in the squad would have helped, not being injured but I do think that sometimes you gain by your omission from a team or from not playing as such.

“And I think that he’s the one true winner from it last night because he would have sat there and gone, given the time and space that they had in that deep-lying midfield role he’d have picked those runners off.”