‘He is one of the best passers in the country anywhere’: Joe Cole says Trent Alexander-Arnold has the qualities to play in midfield for Liverpool and England after right-back starred in Premier League title win
- Alexander-Arnold has been outstanding during Liverpool’s Premier League win
- 21-year-old right-back has scored three league goals and supplied 12 assists
- His brilliant free-kick against Crystal Palace underlined youngster’s class
- Joe Cole believes Liverpool and England should try Alexander-Arnold in midfield
- He thinks Alexander-Arnold has the passing ability to thrive further forward
Joe Cole believes Trent Alexander-Arnold possesses all the attributes play in midfield for Liverpool and England in the future.
The 21-year-old right-back has played an integral part in Liverpool’s emphatic Premier League title success this season, having helped them win the Champions League last year.
Alexander-Arnold was originally a winger but was converted into a flying right-back during his time in Liverpool’s academy.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been outstanding in Liverpool’s Premier League title success
Speaking on BT Sport, Joe Cole suggested Alexander-Arnold be played further forward
However, ex-England star Cole sees no reason why Alexander-Arnold couldn’t be deployed further forward for club and country.
He told Early Kick-Off on BT Sport: ‘Trent has won everything in the game he can win. He is 21 and I bet he doesn’t even think about that.
‘He goes onto the pitch and is free. If I was Jurgen Klopp now I would use this opportunity to have a look at him in the midfield.
‘He is one of the best passers in the country anywhere. I would maybe even try him in the midfield for England.
‘That range of passing, the set-pieces, he is just a fantastic talent and he is going to be having the time of his life.’
Jurgen Klopp deploys Alexander-Arnold at right-back but knows he is strong pushing forward
Cole suggested England manager Gareth Southgate play Alexander-Arnold in midfield
Alexander-Arnold has enjoyed another excellent season, scoring three goals and contributing 12 assists in the Premier League alone.
His glorious free-kick set Liverpool on their way to a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday night, 24 hours before their title was confirmed by Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.
He has also won the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup during a memorable season and Liverpool have the opportunity to set a series of Premier League records with seven games still to play.
Trent Alexander-Arnold watches his superb free-kick fly in against Crystal Palace
The 21-year-old celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the first goal against Palace
Alexander-Arnold has been capped nine times by England manager Gareth Southgate after making his debut in the friendly with Costa Rica just before the 2018 World Cup.
He scored his first senior international goal in England’s 3-0 friendly win over the United States in November 2018 and will challenge Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker for the right-back spot at Euro 2020.