His start to the season with Liverpool has done him no harm in that regard.
The flying full-back has already registered an assist in his three league starts so far, as well as creating 15 chances – five more than any other player in the Premier League this season.
Considering Southgate’s preferred system tends to lean heavily on pace and creativity from full-backs in the wide areas, Alexander-Arnold feels like a more natural fit than some of the other candidates to fill that slot – which makes the attempt to convert him into a midfielder all the more unusual.
Fortunately, Klopp himself is one of those who fails to see the attraction behind converting the Anfield star.
“Why would you make the best right back in the world a midfielder,” asked a bemused Klopp in his press conference ahead of this weekend’s trip to Leeds.
Whether or not Southgate will come around to a similar way of thinking remains to be seen.