Trent Alexander-Arnold’s New Role and The Pursuit of Jeremie Frimpong
It now appears to be only a matter of time before Liverpool’s current vice-captain, Trent Alexander-Arnold, lines up as a starting and permanent midfielder for his hometown club. His England manager, Gareth Southgate, is now evidently viewing him as such, given the last two international matches were undertaken with Liverpool’s 25-year-old hybrid starting in a controlling midfield slot. The turnaround in Trent’s national team’s fortunes is dramatic, as the 22-cap star looks set to finally receive the international recognition his talents have always warranted. The body language of the former full-time right-back and comments he has made of late, all point to an Anfield initiated agenda to fully transform the player, who was once the best attacking full-back on the planet. Ultimately, the lack of an elite defensive midfielder and the aging out of so many assets last season saw the academy graduate set upon. All these factors meant his previous license to explore the field no longer offered the coverage such endeavours required.
The Anfield Effect: Shaping New Talents
This very scenario means that Joe Gomez may be deployed as the starting right-back sooner, rather than later. However, I have no doubt that a new and exciting player will be sought, with the name of Jeremie Frimpong currently in the frame.
Jeremie Frimpong: Rising Star on Liverpool’s Radar
- Age: 22-years old (DOB: 12 October 2000)
- Current Club: Bayer Leverkusen
- Nationality: Netherlands
- Playing Positions: RB / RWB
- Preferred Foot: Right
- Height: 5ft 9inches
- Weight: 63kg
- Appearances: 230 games
- Career Goals & Assists: 22 / 42
- Total Minutes Played: 17,773
- International Caps & Goals: 1 game / 0 goals
- Contract Expiry: 30 June 2028
- Transfermarkt Value: €45m
His move northward from Manchester City in 2019, after spending eight years with the 115-times charged stable, marked a significant turning point. Landing at Celtic Park, he began to fulfil the promise evident to all. A two-year stint in Scotland ended before his move to the Bundesliga, as the Ghanaian born wide man sought to accelerate his professional development. Under the stewardship of former Liverpool legend, Xabi Alonso, the 1-cap Dutch international has steadily grown into a much sought-after talent. Currently, Liverpool could perhaps offer the most enticing pathway for what comes next. As an explosive element that would be immersed into a squad that contains three Netherlands colleagues (Virgil, Cody Gakpo, and Ryan Gravenberch), it may be an easy choice to make.
Potential Rivals for Frimpong’s Signature
The potential rivals for this young man’s signature could be quite elite, given the recent rise of his stock. Real Madrid, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Manchester City, are all rumoured to hold a strong interest in the 22-year-old. Therefore, it would be vital for Liverpool to establish a strong bid this winter. To aid in this ongoing regeneration, components that can be moulded into Liverpool 2.0 should be acquired. This means that Jeremie Frimpong can be the target and signing that not only adds depth to the right-back position but also sees Trent Alexander-Arnold moved into a permanent midfield position.