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Gary Lineker has given his opinion on Liverpool sensation Trent Alexander-Arnold, after the full-back was trialled in midfield by England boss Gareth Southgate.
The 22-year-old started in central midfield against Andorra on Sunday during a 4-0 home win at Wembley, and impressed before reverting back to his usual position for the second half.
The defender has become well known for his range of passing ability, and Alexander-Arnold poses an exceptional assist record despite not operating further up the field.
The Englishman has been tipped to try a midfield role for some time, and Lineker has had his say on Alexander-Arnold and his versatility.
Following the final whistle, Lineker took to twitter and wrote: "He could play anywhere. The staggering thing would be if he doesn’t play anywhere."
Alexander-Arnold's creativity means that his statistics mirror those of a capable midfielder already despite playing as a full-back, and the Englishman's evolution has led to fans encouraging that the Liverpool defender takes up an advanced role in Jurgen Klopp's side.
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Southgate revealed that this has been in his plans for England, as he told ITV: "Well we know he is an outstanding footballer and we’ve wanted to look at him in midfield for a little while, we feel today is a good opportunity.
"He is fabulous with the ball, in particular at club level, he’s been interchanging with Harvey Elliott appearing inside the pitch, so we’ll be hoping maybe he’s a little bit more comfortable in those areas than he maybe was last year.
"But he’s got to play the role his own way we’re quite happy for him to go wide and deliver those killer passes."
The confidence and faith shown by Southgate is testament to Alexander-Arnold's ability, and experimenting over the next 14 months will be key to see what position he's placed in assuming England qualify for the World Cup in Qatar.
- Gary Lineker
- Jurgen Klopp
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