English Premiership

Alexander-Arnold downplays De Bruyne comparison

2019-10-14 11:10
Trent Alexander-Arnold
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold insists he is "a defender first and foremost" after being compared to Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne by Jamie Carragher.

The England international has made a bright start to his third full season in the Premier League, scoring a brilliant goal against Chelsea as well as providing three assists.

The comparison was drawn with De Bruyne, who has also made a stunning start to this campaign, with eight assists already.

Carragher suggested that the defender's passing ability and vision could see him take up a midfield role and become Liverpool's equivalent of De Bruyne.

He said: "People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne type player.

"He has more quality than Liverpool's midfield players and you think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right midfield position and maybe that's a position where Trent could play."

However, Alexander-Arnold has revealed he is fully focused on becoming one of the best defenders in the world, reports the Manchester Evening News.

"Maybe one day it will happen, but right now the manager sees me as a right-back and that's where I'm going to play," he said while on international duty with England.

"I just want to play football and if a manager decides he wants to use me as a midfielder or a centre-back or a striker then that's where I'll play.

"I'm a defender first and foremost and then obviously I want to try and help the team create chances."

Liverpool travel to Manchester United this weekend as they look to maintain their lead at the summit of the Premier League table.

- TeamTalk Media

 

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