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Trent Alexander-Arnold has never secured a brace in a game for Liverpool, a notion he nearly achieved in their exhilarating 4-3 triumph over Fulham.
Initially credited with a stunning free-kick that struck the bar and entered via Bernd Leno’s back, it was deemed an own goal by the goalkeeper. Despite this, the prospect of a first brace seems imminent.
In the 88th minute, the No. 66 solidified his presence on the scoresheet, clinching a comeback victory with a dynamic turn and a powerful strike from the edge of the box.
His comprehensive attacking impact and crucial match-winning goals in the Reds’ recent league outings intensify the argument for Jurgen Klopp to transition him permanently from right-back to central midfield.
While Klopp may argue that Alexander-Arnold is already effective in advanced positions as a defender, the strategic reshuffle against Fulham, placing him centrally in a double pivot, emphasized his match-winning effect. Liverpool face various considerations and potential avenues to determine Alexander-Arnold’s optimal role in the future.
They can maintain the status quo, allowing him to drift into the middle from right-back during build-up play, with the option to alter tactics in-game, as demonstrated against Fulham. However, moving Alexander-Arnold forward raises questions about who would replace him at right-back, with Joe Gomez lacking the creative flair of his teammate.
The transfer market becomes a potential solution, but financial constraints and the rarity of mid-season elite-level full-back signings pose challenges.
Additionally, Alexander-Arnold’s role in central midfield lacks a clear definition, as he has alternated between the No. 6 position and a more dynamic role supporting the sitter.
The dilemma extends to balancing his goal-scoring prowess with defensive responsibilities, especially if Liverpool deploy two aggressive No. 8s ahead of him.
The Fulham match hinted at a potential solution with a two-man midfield, providing balance and structure while allowing Alexander-Arnold to push forward.
Klopp’s history of tactical tweaks suggests the possibility of further adjustments, emphasising his pursuit of a winning combination.
Regardless of Alexander-Arnold’s evolving role, it is evident that he will continue to exert a world-class, game-defining influence as a central cog in the Liverpool team.
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