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Jamie Carragher earmarks Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold as the ‘next Kevin De Bruyne’

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 14:04, 3 October 2019

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will end up playing a similar role to Kevin De Bruyne.

The 20-year-old started his playing career in central midfield before transforming into a right-sided defender, where he’s flourished under Jurgen Klopp.

Trent to follow in De Bruyne’s footsteps? Five things to know…

  • Alexander-Arnold began his footballing development in central midfield.
  • He would transform into a right-back where he’s flourished in Liverpool’s first-team.
  • So far in a young career, he’s become renowned for his crossing ability.
  • Only De Bruyne (29) has created more chances than him (23) in this season’s Premier League.
  • Club legend Carragher believes he will end up in midfield and emulate De Bruyne.

Since establishing himself in Liverpool’s first team, Alexander-Arnold has quickly made a name for himself, becoming renowned for his crossing ability.

This asset has subsequently lead to many chances created, as well as assists. To date, across 96 appearances in all competitions, he’s created no fewer than 23 goals, while scoring five himself.

So far this season, only mercurial Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne (29) has created more opportunities in the Premier League than Alexander-Arnold (23).

It has led to many pondering his future role for the Reds, with club legend Carragher feeling it’s worth moving him into the middle of the park to get even more out of him.

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“His strengths are that he can handle the ball and he is the most creative player in the team, just look at his assists,” he told Viasport.

“People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne type player? He has more quality now than Liverpool’s midfield players and you think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right-midfield position and maybe that’s a position where Trent could play.

“But at the moment, you wouldn’t think about moving position because he is playing so well. Defensively at times he can be suspect and the opposition may think they can get at Liverpool there because he pushes forward so much.

“His positional play and focus needs to be 100 per cent, but he’s probably thinking ‘I’ve got Van Dijk next to me so I’ll be ok’.”