This is Klopp's plan for Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool after 'exciting' development - Whelan
Jurgen Klopp plans to keep Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back and resist calls to move him into midfield for Liverpool.
So says ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old England international.
Alexander-Arnold started in midfield for England as they beat Andorra 4-0 at Wembley in their World Cup qualifying clash on 5 September.
But Gareth Southgate abandoned the experiment after 45 minutes and moved Alexander-Arnold back into his regular right-back position.
Speaking to talkSPORT on 6 September, the Liverpool man admitted he found it “difficult” to adapt to his new role.
And Whelan does not anticipate that Klopp will repeat Southgate’s experiment any time soon for a player who has developed into an Anfield untouchable who always plays when fit.
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“I don’t think he’ll ever move into that position for Liverpool,” he told Football Insider assistant editor Dylan Childs.
“I think Liverpool see him as their right-back. It’s great that he can adapt and play those roles and it gives the other England players some respite.
“But would Southgate do it against Italy or Belgium? Probably not. It was an opportunity to have a look at him in that position and see how he plays there.
“I thought he did very well. He was everywhere, he got on the ball, he was nice and brave. It was exciting to see him play there.
“But no, when it comes to domestic football, Liverpool have natural midfield players and a natural right-back in Alexander Arnold.
“He plays every single way, with the defence, the midfield and the attacking third as well.”