Trent Alexander-Arnold needs to play for Pep Guardiola to unlock potential
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Rio’s TAA, Pep admission
Rio Ferdinand spoke of how he felt that Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defensive struggles but attacking might displayed how the England international should be used in a more advanced role in midfield similar to the likes of Philipp Lahm.
“I’ve said for years I see him as a midfielder,” said Ferdinand.
“He used to be a midfield player before he was thrust into right back and he stuck there.
“You can see him being a Lahm, Kimmich, even Cancelo at Manchester City. He’s got that within him.”
MUNICH, GERMANY – MAY 20: Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso of Bayern Muenchen celebrate following the Bundesliga match between Bayern Muenchen and SC Freiburg at Allianz Arena on May 20, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Ferdinand surprised viewers when he went on to say that he couldn’t see this potential being unlocked under Jurgen Klopp. Instead, referencing fierce rival of the German coach Pep Guardiola as the man that could do it.
“Yeah but he’ll need to play for Pep and that’s not going to happen. He’s got to stick where he is,” Ferdinand added..
“I don’t think Klopp is going to change him. But what I do notice about this kid, he has character.
“He is under huge pressure and comes up with the winner at Anfield where they have not won for many weeks by the way.”
Klopp concedes to Real experience
Jurgen Klopp struck a dejected figure after Liverpool’s emanation from The Champions League and possibly their final routes into qualifying for next year’s competition.
Due to the struggles that the Reds have faced this season they find themselves out of the top 4 and saw the Champions League as a route in itself to qualify for next season’s iteration of the tournament.
The German coach conceded that whilst he felt his team performed well that’s ultimately the experience of a veteran of the competition such as Real Madrid ultimately showed.
“The performance in general was good. We played some really good stuff and had massive chances at the beginning of the game. If we had used one of them, it opens up,” said Klopp.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reacts during the UEFA Champions League match at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, Madrid. Picture date: Tuesday April 6, 2021. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
“But you need [to take] these key moments. If and when is not interesting. We didn’t score and then the experience of Real Madrid played the tie down.
“We didn’t lose the tie tonight. We lost it in Madrid.”
Liverpool must now lick their wounds and get back to facing the Premier League. 3 points from 4th spot with key games against Leeds United and Manchester United to come, regrouping and going again must be the focus.