Virgil van Dijk’s Recommendation On Trent Alexander-Arnold’s Replacement
Liverpool’s recent defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League brought some criticism of Trent Alexander-Arnold, raising questions about his position in the team. However, replacing him is not the solution. Instead, Liverpool should look to support him in his role. This is where the recent signing of Calvin Ramsay comes into play. Although Ramsay has not played much due to an injury, Liverpool’s move to sign him suggests that they are looking to provide support for Alexander-Arnold in the right-back position.
While Jürgen Klopp rotates between James Milner and Joe Gomez when Alexander-Arnold is unavailable, it is clear that Liverpool needs a more permanent solution for their right-back position. Kostas Tsimikas, who took a season to adjust to life at Liverpool, has become a reliable backup on the opposite flank for Andy Robertson. Finding a player of similar quality for the right-back position could help ease Alexander-Arnold‘s workload.
Liverpool needs a quality option that can help ease Alexander-Arnold’s workload while maintaining the same level of quality. However, any defender coming into the club may struggle to garner regular minutes ahead of one of the club’s best academy graduates of the Premier League era. With over 40 games per season and natural fluctuations in form, Liverpool needs to find a player who can provide depth and support for Alexander-Arnold.
Inter’s Denzel Dumfries could be the answer. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter is willing to move him on this season to help their current financial situation. Dumfries is valued at $30m (£25m/€28m) by Transfermarkt and would provide Liverpool with excellent depth on the right side of the defence while maintaining a strong attacking output. Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk knows him well from the international level and could provide a testament to his quality.
Although it has felt at times that Liverpool needs a full rebuild this season, the reality is that the squad isn’t far off where Klopp needs it in order to return to Premier League title contention. Arsenal showed last summer how quickly fortunes can turn around, and given the Reds are starting from a stronger foundation, Liverpool’s recruitment team needs to get their calls right.
Criticism of Alexander-Arnold from Jamie Carragher suggested that the 24-year-old wasn’t the answer at right-back last week, but replacing him is not the solution. It is important to consider that the criticism came after a game against Vinícius Jr, who is arguably the best left-winger in the world right now. Instead, Liverpool should focus on acquiring a player in the summer who can help Alexander-Arnold and provide excellent depth for the right-back position.
Any player coming in should be able to instantly provide an upgrade to James Milner, who fares better when featuring in midfield. Klopp cannot continue to be forced to come up with solutions from players who aren’t ready to play in the system. Liverpool needs a player who can fit seamlessly into their system and provide the necessary support for Alexander-Arnold.
This is one of the most important factors to consider for FSG this season after Liverpool’s drop in levels. Ahead of a transfer window where the likes of Newcastle and Manchester United will improve, failure to spend could see the Reds fall further from the top of the table. Liverpool needs to make smart decisions in the transfer market and acquire a player who can help them maintain their competitive edge in the Premier League.