Liverpool unleash their ‘Kevin De Bruyne’ as the new transfer subplot takes center stage

While intrigue continues to surround Liverpool’s summer plans for their midfield, the subplot at right-back is almost as compelling.

For years Trent Alexander-Arnold has been firmly established as the first choice on the right side of the back four for good reason. The Liverpool-born defender has helped redefine how a full-back’s role is viewed in the modern game and has been the creative focal point of a Reds side that has won every top-flight trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

“He’s Kevin De Bruyne at right-back,” Jamie Carragher memorably dubbed Alexander-Arnold a few years ago, but as the England international prepares to end a long 11-month season against North Macedonia on Monday night, questions are being asked over the next stage of the 24-year-old’s development has never been higher.

Alexander-Arnold shone in a traditional central midfield position on Friday night as England hammered a limited Malta side 4-0 at the Ta’Qali National Stadium, with Gareth Southgate’s side continuing their perfect Euro 2024 qualifying record against the 172nd-placed side in FIFA rankings.

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Wearing the No.10, the Red star put in a performance befitting the shirt most associated with playmakers, playing a big part in two goals with some trademark passing while grabbing an eye-catching strike from outside the box.

“It feels natural, I would say,” Alexander-Arnold said after the game on Friday. “It’s somewhere I can see myself playing. I want to make sure I’m in the squad regularly and it was a good foundation to build on.

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