Southgate’s Alexander-Arnold experiment goes against Jamie Carragher advice

Gareth Southgate deployed Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield for England against Andorra – going against Jamie Carragher's advice about the Liverpool defender.

The Three Lions are taking on Andorra at Wembley on Sunday afternoon in their fifth World Cup qualifier, with Jesse Lingard's 18th-minute strike currently the difference.

Southgate has decided to experiment with Alexander-Arnold in the qualifier, moving him from his usual right-back spot to the middle of the park alongside Jordan Henderson and Jude Bellingham.

Many have suggested the 22-year-old belongs in midfield because of his passing ability, which has helped him register 49 assists in 201 Liverpool appearances.

However, Reds hero Carragher doesn't think Alexander-Arnold should be played in midfield, explaining his stance on the debate during a Twitter exchange with Gary Lineker last week.

Lineker first wrote: "Said it many times, but the best passer in English football is @TrentAA. He should be playing, like he did as a kid, in midfield.

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"[Phillip] Lahm switched, [Joshua] Kimmich too. The best players should be in a position where they can more frequently use their brilliance."

But Carragher responded: "No he shouldn’t, full backs get more of the ball than anyone & a bit more time on it to pick out their passes," he responded.

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"The way [Jurgen] Klopp sets up he’s virtually a midfielder in possession anyway. The amount of assists he gets means it would be mad to change his position."

Alexander-Arnold previously played in midfield before switching to right-back, saying in an interview with BBC Sport: "Who decided the position change? It was me, Neil Critchley and Alex Inglethorpe.

"Critch was my under-18 manager and Alex was head of the academy. I wanted to get into the first team as soon as possible, and we decided that was the most straightforward route.

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"It was difficult [to adjust] because when you play higher up you are very rarely isolated in a defensive situation. That was the strangest thing – being one-on-one with someone out wide, with no-one to help.

"I've always enjoyed right-back as there is a lot more freedom going forward. It's a lot more chaotic in the middle."

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