There is little doubt Trent Alexander-Arnold could thrive in midfield.

His range of passing off either foot can put teams on the backfoot in an instant and would be an attribute he could use to unpick defences from all angles if given freedom in the middle of the park.

The Liverpool right-back's creativity, strength and dynamic play would also be of great benefit should he ever make the switch to the engine room.

However, he is a defender by trade and arguably the best right-sided full-back in world football right now running riot on the flanks and terrorising opposition defences while regularly shutting the door in the faces of some of the best attack-minded players on the planet.

The argument from most that believe he should make the switch is that he achieves so many assists for the Reds from defence that in midfield his output could be even higher.

Indeed, Alexander-Arnold's sumptuous ball played in for Roberto Firmino to nudge home during injury time in the Club World Cup semi-final against Monterrey on Wednesday night was his 20th assist across all club competitions in 2019.

No player in the Premier League can match those numbers with only Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, a player regarded as one of the best creative midfielders around, achieving 19 assists in this calendar year so far and another attacking midfielder in David Silva coming next with 16.

Sensational numbers like this only serve to fuel the argument that the Reds defender should move further forward to increase his creative ability.

What has also stoked this fire is pundits including Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher suggesting that Alexander-Arnold could be Liverpool's very own Kevin De Bruyne.

Carragher said previously: "People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne type player and he has more quality now 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."

Alexander-Arnold himself then addressed the theory earlier this year and said: "Maybe one day it will happen: who knows?”

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The 21-year-old also clarified his statement to add that he just "wanted to play football" and if his manager decided that he wanted to use him in any other position like midfield that "that's where he'd play".

It certainly is an interesting thought but what must be noted is that Liverpool play in a style to suit Alexnader-Arnold's most dangerous ability - crossing - from right-back.

Jurgen Klopp's system gives the Reds' full-backs all manner of space to maraud down the wings and Andy Robertson on the opposite flank has also recorded 13 assists in 2019 and features in the top five Premier League players for this statistic, matching the likes of Joao Moutinho and Bernardo Silva.

It serves to reason, then, just why Liverpool would move him when he is playing so well in the system their manager has designed while the Reds are incredibly well stocked in the midfield department now too.

However, at only 21 and with Alexander-Arnold's creative ability clear for all to see, this argument is not likely to go away and could well come to a head in the near future.