Trent Alexander-Arnold is honing his game as a right-back for Liverpool, saying he expects to stay there “for the next couple of years or so.”

Alexander-Arnold made the step up from the Reds’ academy to the first team last season, and this term has established himself as a regular starter under Jurgen Klopp.

Without Nathaniel Clyne absent through injury, the 19-year-old has alternated with Joe Gomez as Klopp’s right-back, making nine appearances so far.

His most recent outing came in the 3-0 win at home to Southampton, after which Klopp praised “one of his best performances over 90 minutes in defending.”

This marked a stepped forward for the West Derby native, and speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Alexander-Arnold explained how he is working on improving his defensive game.

“I think for the next couple of years or so right-back will definitely be my position so that’s what I’ve got to focus on improving,” he told Andy Kelly.

“First and foremost you are a defender and if you’re in the back four when that squad is announced then you’ve got to defend, you’re not a winger.

“You go out there to defend first and foremost and if you can bring something to the attack then that’s what you try to do.

“I think that was definitely in my mindset going into the Southampton game and I was happy to hear the manager’s kind words afterwards for me.

“But again I tried not to dwell on it too long and tried to go into training for the…

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