How Can Liverpool Improve Their Squad This Summer?

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It’s hard to argue with those who say Jurgen Klopp’s players have been close to perfection over the past few seasons, but with plenty of future’s up in the air, along with an increasingly ageing squad, where could you find some room for improvement?

Right-back

Though Liverpool have 2 of Europe’s best full-backs in Trent Alexander Arnold and Andrew Robertson, when you look at the right-back position, it is noticeable just how reliant Klopp is on Alexander Arnold.

The young Englishman recorded 47 appearances across all competitions this season, registering 2 goals and 19 assists. On the rare occasion that the 23-year-old didn’t play, he was replaced by James Milner (midfielder) or Joe Gomez (centre back). He has been described as playing in the critical zone for the best part of half the season, emphasising just how dependent Liverpool are on Trent. This is an obvious concern when you look into Liverpool’s right-back options, the main suggestion being Neco Williams, who found himself on loan for the second half of last season at Fulham, and is also rumoured to be leaving the club, with Nottingham Forrest allegedly interested in the Welshman.

It would be difficult for the Liverpool staff to recruit a player in this position for the club, with the obvious observation being that it will be almost impossible to overtake Trent as Liverpool’s number one right-back. It will be highly likely that Klopp will continue to look toward Joe Gomez, who made just 8 Premier League appearances after falling down the central defender pecking order due to injuries. Gomez started his career as a right-back before Jurgen Klopp converted him to play as a centre-half, so with his abilities to play anywhere across the back four, it is unsurprising that the Liverpool gaffer would opt to rely on Gomez as opposed to splashing the cash on a new player.

The likely player in mind is Aberdeen’s Calvin Ramsey with a £6.5 million move expected.

Midfield

Liverpool have some sensational midfield options at their disposal, with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and skipper Jordan Henderson almost perfectly running the midfield area in each other’s company. These players, along with James Milner and Naby Keita are all in and around their 30s, meaning that some younger options may be needed sooner rather than later.

As it stands, all of these players have their contracts ending within the next 2 seasons (excluding Fabinho), which could be a major concern for Jurgen Klopp should he decide against new additions to the squad.

On the positive side, there are many potential-filled youngsters at Klopp’s disposal. The likes of Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Tyler Morton all stepped up for the first team last season, making appearances in the domestic cups, the Champions League and the Premier League for Jones and Elliott.

All in all, it seems massively important for some midfield improvements over the next few transfer windows. It does seem a very unlikely candidate is possible in former Reds youth player Jay Spearing, but that move is being touted as the main intention to bring an experienced head into the U23’s to help mentor the younger players.

Jude Bellingham is the top of most people’s lists to bolster the midfield, but that comes with a heavy price tag. Free agent Christian Eriksen is a cheaper alternative that no doubt Julian Ward is exploring.

Forwards

Liverpool have boasted one of the best attacks in Europe for the best part of 5 years, with Sadio Mané, Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino making headlines for the majority of this time. Ex-LFC player Phillipe Coutinho also played a role in Jurgen Klopp’s attack before leaving to play for Barcelona for a bank-breaking fee of £121m plus performance-based add-ons.

Over the past few seasons, Klopp has welcomed players like Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz to boost the attacking depth.

There has been recent speculation over the futures of Salah, Mané and Firmino, whose contracts all expire at the end of the upcoming season. Salah has put his rumours to bed as he clarified that ‘I’m staying next season for sure. That’s clear.’ For Mané and Firmino, the rumours are as high as ever as it seems likely that the pair will leave sooner rather than later. This leaves Klopp as short as he has ever been for attacking options, especially with the departure of Divock Origi and the likelihood that Takumi Minamino will follow suit.

According to many journalists, Liverpool are closing in on an €80m deal for Benfica forward Darwin Nunez, who will certainly be a fit replacement should any of the current forwards leave in the summer as logically fits in to replace the departing Divock Origi and then Bobby Firmino. Diaz is seen as the long-term replacement for Mane, and his explosive introduction could even pave the way for a move this summer. New signing from Fulham Fabio Carvalho replaces Minamino, and with Harvey Elliot can succeed Mo Salah in the long term.

Overall, with a generally ageing squad along with many contracts soon to expire on Merseyside, it seems to be a necessity that Liverpool’s staff begin the search for replacements in positions all across the field.

 

 

 

Potential contraversial post that will probably end up with me with egg on my face in a few months 🤣

But, I actually dont think we are as short in midfield as people are making out. I only think there is such an uproar about it because we went for one and didnt get one, and we all love shiny new toys.

We probably are short of one CM, but it certainly isnt a state of desperation.

People (including me) have been shouting from the rooftops wanting Bellingham. But getting Bellingham this summer wont be the difference in winning the title or not, as hes more of a player for the long term rather than immediate impact.

There seems to be signs of a potential system change with how the squad is shaping up and we may see a 2 man pivot in CM rather than a 3 man midfield often this coming season. That system change alone opens up so many more options and improves the depth.

I dont think losing Ox makes any difference whatsoever as his contributions last season were minimal.

Curtis and Elliott imo will get more minutes this season than last. But we probably will see a drop in minutes from Hendo.

Elsewhere on the pitch we will likely be seeing Minamino leave along with Mane and Origi.

Carvalho replaces Minamino
Diaz is replacing Mane
Nunez is replacing Origi

We wasnt short in the attacking options going into last season, and we signed Diaz (a target for this summer) early in January.
Minamino and Origi’s contributions were minimal too last season, due to the depth we have in attack.

Carvalho imo will get more minutes than Taki and Origi combined.
Nunez is coming in as a regular starter and Diaz replaces Mane. Nunez and Diaz combined will 100% get more minutes than Origi and Mane combined.

Squad depth and management is all about minutes and making a difference and playing a role with those minutes. Those minutes get spread across the squad differently every season.

But like any season, you have to be lucky with injuries, muscle strains, pulls and tears will always happen, as well as impact injuries, but we just hope we dont see what happened with VVD, Gomez and Elliott again.

Dont forget last season we went for a month without Sadio, Naby and Mo due to AFCON.
We havent got that again this season.

Jurgen has huge faith in the Sports Science department and especially Andreas Schlumberger (who has made such an obvious improvement) in keeping the players fit and available to play at the highest level.

Also the 5 sub rule will make such a huge difference, Jurgen is finally getting what hes wanted for a long time. And that will help so much with managing the players fatigue levels which the club put such a huge emphasis on.

Im fully open to be proven wrong, just a thought Sent from my iPhone