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Danny Murphy: England should be using Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield

What a season Trent Alexander-Arnold has had.

Both individually and collectively, the 20-year-old has had a brilliant 2018/19 campaign. He, of course, played his part in Liverpool’s journey to the Champions League trophy and was magnificent in the Premier League as the Reds just came up short in the title race.

With 12 assists from right-back in English football’s top flight, Alexander-Arnold is quite clearly a very talented individual. And one former Liverpool man would like to see some of that talent in the middle of the park when Gareth Southgate’s England side take to the pitch.

“Trent is becoming a real threat,” Danny Murphy told talkSPORT. “His crossing is so consistently good, it’s such a weapon. He is consistently putting the ball in ridiculously dangerous areas.

“At the moment with our lack of creativity in the middle of the park, I think we have to get this lad in the team constantly. I’m not saying we should be relying on a 20-year-old, but when he’s fit, when he’s flying and he’s confident, he has to play.”

As Murphy has highlighted, Alexander-Arnold’s strongest attribute is easily his crossing. Last season in the Premier League, he made two crosses per game, with Everton’s Lucas Digne (2.4) the only player able to top that (as per WhoScored).

Based on that, why would you move the Liverpool man to a more central position where it is going to be more difficult to put in crosses?

Technically, Alexander-Arnold certainly looks capable of playing there. But even so, it is hard to see what England would get out of using a right-back with his immense crossing technique in midfield.

Danny Murphy: England should be using Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield
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