instagram envelope_alt facebook twitter search youtube_play whatsapp remove external_link loop2 arrow-down2

Trent Alexander-Arnold flattered by De Bruyne comparisons but in no rush to be a middle man for Liverpool

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD has insisted he is a defender for the time being, despite Jamie Carragher claiming he could become Liverpool’s answer to Kevin De Bruyne.

Carragher spoke about the right-back, who has become known for his crossing ability and rampaging runs down the wing, after last week’s 4-3 Champions League victory over Red Bull Salzburg, admitting the academy graduate could do a similar job to the one playmaker De Bruyne does for Premier League champions Manchester City.

The former Reds hero had said Alexander-Arnold could ‘come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne-type player’ but the man himself, who was 21 on Monday, is happy to be guided by manager Jurgen Klopp.

‘I’m a defender first and foremost,’ he said. ‘That’s his (Carragher’s) point of view, maybe one day that’ll happen, who knows? For now the manager’s obviously decided I’m a right-back. I’m not fussed where I play, I just want to play football and if the manager decides he wants me to be right-back, centre midfield or striker, that’s where I’ll play.’

Alexander-Arnold (pictured) also shrugged off comparisons to England legend David Beckham, preferring to speak about his boyhood hero — former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Asked if there was anyone he had modelled his game on, he replied: ‘Gerrard. Everything about his game I admired. I always studied him and wanted to be like him. I never thought, “I want to cross a ball like that”, it’s just happened naturally.’