Trent Alexander-Arnold, a Liverpool player who plays in a “hybrid role”, says that he continues to study videos featuring England’s John Stones.
A 25-year old right back, he broke into Jurgen Klipp’s Reds team as a youngster.
He has been playing in the central midfield position when Liverpool attacks, allowing him to maximize his chances to show off his skills and to be a more creative player.
The England player said, “I like learning more about the sport.”
Watching players, systems, teams and how they play, is a great way to learn. “
Stones of Manchester City, who moved similarly from defense to midfield in Pep Guardiola’s team, is a player he admires.
I’ve admired him for years. He is exceptional. I pay attention to him when watching City games or clips.
I have always been a fan of him, and the way [Stones’ City’s teammate] Rodri performs.
He is a pivotal player in the team. “He’s underrated and he is a key member of that team. But as we saw recently, if you remove him from the team they don’t look the same. This just proves how crucial he is.
There are many players that I enjoy watching, including those from the past. “I will also watch old players – Stevie G, Andrea Pirlo and [Sergio] Busquets. “
Alexander Arnold played his first game in midfield for England in a 2021 match against Andorra. He is listed now as a central midfielder when he’s called up to the national team.
When Klopp first questioned his decision to place him as a midfielder, he has since given the German defender greater freedom of movement.
“The discussions I’ve had with [England] Manager and staff, I go to England as a middlefielder. I train there. And that is where i try and play, except for the Australia match last time,” added he.
It really helps me in this sense. “It really helps me in that sense.” I’m not in the midfield every week, but I get the ball and know how to conduct myself and play the game at midfield.
When the ball is moving up the field, I think it’s more about stopping the counter-attacks and protecting the team. It’s more disciplined.
The six’s role, along with that of the centre backs, is to make sure the ball doesn’t end up at the feet of the striker when it leaves the box. From there they can continue building. “