By Gabriel Agbonlahor

26th Apr, 2023 | 2:35pm

Agbonlahor reveals what he really thinks about Trent Alexander-Arnold in Liverpool midfield

Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold will not be able to play a midfield role in the higher-profile games.

The former Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Reds should move for a top-class right-back this summer in order to “challenge” the 24-year-old.

Alexander-Arnold has played as an inverted right-back in the last three Premier League games, racking up four assists after tucking into a midfield role.

Man City and Arsenal have seen success after using a full-back in midfield with John Stones and Oleksandr Zinchenko respectively.

Football Insider revealed on Tuesday (25 April) Liverpool will move for a new senior right-back as they plot five new arrivals this summer.

Alexander-Arnold’s defensive capabilities have been called into question in a challenging 2022-23 campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who sit seventh in the Premier League.

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Agbonlahor told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “We’ve only seen him do it in a few games.

“Let’s judge when he’s played an Arsenal, or a Man City, or a Chelsea – when you’ve got top midfielders up against him.

“I would get a right-back no matter what this summer.

“But I think Trent can only play in midfield in certain games. I can’t see it being a full-time thing.

“You wouldn’t want him in the middle in a big Champions League game, because I think he’d get found out.

“But we’ve seen what he can do. When he’s got time with the ball on his right foot, he’s so creative.

“In certain games, I think there’s a place for him but they definitely need a right-back.

“They’ve got to have someone to challenge him. The best teams over the years have had two top options – look at Chelsea with Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge. Liverpool need that competition.”

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