Liverpool can solve Trent Alexander-Arnold headache with bargain move for £13m star

Liverpool’s summer transfer window was dominated by their need to completely restructure their engine room. After five senior midfielders left the club, including their former captain and vice-captain, options were extremely thin in the middle.

Despite the exodus, the Reds did well to bring in four top quality new players but the concerns raised following the risky business of selling Jordan Henderson and Fabinho meant Jurgen Klopp and his side could not afford to properly focus on any other area in the team. New defensive options were also said to be on the manager’s wish list, meaning January could be the ideal opportunity for Liverpool to move focus away from their midfield.

A left-sided central defender was understood to be one of Klopp’s main focuses but the Reds were also reportedly eyeing up new right-back options. Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only senior natural right-back on the roster and with his new role and responsibility as vice-captain, there’s a lot of pressure on his shoulders. Conor Bradley is available as his deputy but with an unknown return date from injury and just five senior appearances under his belt, Liverpool need a more reliable option.

Joe Gomez has always been able to slot into the right-back role but he is needed to cover the central areas, especially if Joel Matip fails to sign a new deal before his contract expires next summer. Alexander-Arnold has also been operating in midfield lately, mainly for England, but if Klopp was to fully integrate him into a new position in the future, the right-back position will need filling, and by somebody confident and up to the task.

Even if the vice skipper remains where he is, back-up is essential, especially during a saturated calendar. Liverpool’s main aim is to secure Champions League football next season and potentially challenge even higher, so Klopp needs firepower in abundance.

The club were dealt a blow this week when Andy Robertson picked up an injury while on international duty. In any circumstances, the Reds can’t afford to be caught out by unexpected injuries without cover to step in. A long-term injury to someone as crucial as Alexander-Arnold could be detrimental to Liverpool’s season but his importance means he can’t really be rested — the Reds need his influence, especially in the Premier League as they push to redeem last season’s form. As such, support is required for other competitions but also in case of injury emergency.

Heading into January and next summer, Liverpool may revisit their interest in a new right-back and we’ve higlighted VfL Wolfsburg’s Ridle Baku as a potential strong option to consider.


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