Jurgen Klopp says he’s thinking about picking 25-year-old Liverpool player in a different position vs Brentford


Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he’s been thinking of solutions to Liverpool’s midfield issue this weekend.

The Reds have a slight selection problem as they prepare to face Brentford on Sunday. Not only is Alexis Mac Allister suspended, but Curtis Jones and Ryan Gravenberch are now injured, too.

In theory, that leaves just Dominik Szoboszlai, Harvey Elliott and Wataru Endo as options. But with Endo struggling against Toulouse last night, Klopp has hinted that Trent Alexander-Arnold could be deployed in midfield.

“It is a possibility,” the manager said via the Liverpool ECHO when asked if Trent might be an option for the middle of the park.

“It depends on the opponents and the situation and things like this but we know that he can play there. For us, if we just put him there then we lose one of the best right-backs in the world and we should not forget that completely. But of course he is an option for that position.”

Given that Endo struggled so badly last night, few would be happy to start him in the Premier League this weekend. As a result, Klopp is going to have to think outside of the box slightly.

Trent is the natural next choice, then. Unless Jurgen wants to throw an academy player like James McConnell in, he doesn’t have much else to pick from.

That’s all fine of course, Alexander-Arnold has done the job before and clearly enjoys it.

The only problem is then just as Klopp says – Liverpool lose their right-back. Ordinarily this would be fine, Joe Gomez generally does a job there and has been very good this season.

But owing to the poor form of Kostas Tsimikas, Gomez may be needed at left-back. Without the 26-year-old, there’s no real substitute for Trent.

So, while Liverpool may have been backed to win comfortably against Brentford, this isn’t as straightforward a game as it may look.

The Bees are in terrific form having won their last three Premier League games. There’s no margin for error for the Reds.

At home though, you’d expect them to find a way through. Trent has the potential to be brilliant in midfield and Liverpool should have most of the ball. Give him time and space and the 25-year-old is a real weapon. Let’s see what Jurgen decides.

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