By Gabriel Agbonlahor

30th Jun, 2022 | 12:46pm

Pundit cannot believe possible new Trent Alexander-Arnold role after Liverpool reveal

Trent Alexander-Arnold should not play in midfield for Liverpool, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Aston Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer suggested Jude Bellingham is the only solution for Liverpool’s problems in midfield.

The Liverpool Echo reported last week (25 June) that new signing Calvin Ramsay could play in midfield for the Reds.

Like Alexander-Arnold, the 18-year-old began his youth career in midfield when coming through at Aberdeen.

Asked whether it could be Alexander-Arnold who is pushed further forward in 2022-23, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Trent Alexander-Arnold played in midfield for England and it didn’t really work.

“Yes, he has the attributes, the passing but there is still more that is needed in midfield. The running with the ball, the tight spaces that he’s probably not used to as much at right-back.

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“I think it’s a lot to ask for him to fill that role. Other teams are having to strengthen that area and Liverpool have to.

“It hasn’t worked with Naby Keita and I don’t think Alexander-Arnold is the right option.

“I think they need to go and get [Jude] Bellingham, I know it will be difficult to do that this year but if that’s the player they want I can understand them waiting a year.

“Liverpool won’t go and waste money on a panic signing. Keita was £50million and it hasn’t worked. He’s not the answer, he doesn’t get enough goals or enough assists.

“If Liverpool are going to solve that midfield role then they are going to have to look at Bellingham. If he’s not available this season then wait another season because I don’t think Alexander-Arnold is the answer.”

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