Trent Alexander-Arnold reveals his thoughts on playing in midfield

Trent Alexander-Arnold has said he'll play anywhere he's told to next season, after impressing in a midfield for Liverpool at the business end of the 2022/23 campaign.

The England international was deployed as an inverted right-back by Jurgen Klopp, as Liverpool tested out a 3-2-2-3 formation. The positional change coincided with an upturn of fortune for the Reds, as they finished the season with seven wins and two draws from their last nine Premier League encounters.

Alexander-Arnold's best position has long been a subject of discussion, with many suggesting he should be permanently moved into midfield — a role he has also been used in recently by England manager Gareth Southgate.

In a wide-ranging interview with Sky Sports, Alexander-Arnold has had his say on the debate, revealing he's more than happy to play anywhere his manager wants him, after rediscovering his best form for club and country since April.

He said: "It's not my decision. I only play where I'm told to play so you know all I can say is I enjoy playing football, I enjoy playing right-back, I enjoy playing in the middle of the pitch a lot.

"It's somewhere where I find joy and I'm enjoying the challenge of the two so you know I would enjoy playing there in the next season but it's not my decision where I play."

Liverpool saw the best of Alexander-Arnold's incredible passing range from a midfield role, as the 24-year-old chipped in with six assists from nine games at the back end of last season. With Liverpool reportedly on the lookout for a left-sided central defender to play in a back three, everything points to the fact that Jurgen Klopp will — at least on occasion — continue to deploy Alexander-Arnold in midfield, alongside new signings Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.

The Reds also have the required personnel to stick to their traditional 4-3-3, but Trent's new role could be the latest trick up Klopp's sleeve that could allow Liverpool to take opponents by surprise and get the best out of his number 66's attacking qualities.

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