Who and What Liverpool Need This Summer
June 25, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

After a somewhat tumultuous season, Liverpool ultimately achieved their prime aim of qualifying for the Champions League. While it is true that they failed in seriously challenging for any of the domestic competitions (apart from a semi-final appearance in the EFL Cup), Champions League qualification should be enough to satisfy the fanbase for now.

However, if Jürgen Klopp’s charges are interested in winning silverware next season, there is a lot of work still to be done. In terms of targets, Champions League football next season is a major attraction, which may swing a player’s decision in the Merseyside direction.

Quality

Looking at the current squad for the season just gone by, Liverpool have neither the star power nor the depth to overhaul the likes of champions Chelsea or runners up Spurs. Liverpool’s strongest starting 11 likely consists of Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Can, Wijnaldum; Mané, Coutinho, Lallana; Firmino (4-2-3-1 formation). This squad, while definitely competitive, needs a few more players in order to be on everyone’s radar as a genuine contender.

Goalkeepers

There’s no doubt that the goalkeeper position was a massive headache for Jürgen Klopp, with Mignolet and Karius’ combined inconsistency being a bane for fans on The Kop. This position is the most important and scrutinised in football, as a ‘keepers mistake is visible to everyone and often results in concession of goals.

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Liverpool should aim high for the quality of ‘keeper they invest in, and must be prepared to pay a high price. When choosing targets, Liverpool may want to look at the likes of Joe Hart, Manchester City’s maligned ‘keeper who was cast out on loan because he wasn’t good with his feet (ironic eh?).

If that doesn’t work out, the possibility of Iker Casillas finishing his famed career at the historic Anfield sounds like a perfect story. If Klopp decides to go shopping for a ‘keeper in Germany again, then he may be wise to offer Bernd Leno a way out of Bayer Leverkusen, who faltered massively in the Bundesliga this year.

Defence

Assuming Liverpool stick with a traditional back four, there is at least one position of need to fill. Dejan Lovren has undoubtedly improved season on season, but his ability does not correlate with that of a title-winning calibre centre back. Joel Matip has a high ceiling of potential, and may do well with an experienced partner in the centre.

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Virgil van Dijk seemed like the ideal man to fill the void, but with the recent turn of events ending that saga, The Reds may resort to a back-up choice in Stefan de Vrij from Lazio. The Dutchman would be a less-costly alternative that can still fill a hole sufficiently. They may even want to look at Lucas Hernandez from Atlético Madrid, who is an up-and-comer that can also play at left back if needed.

The right and left back positions are arguably filled already. Nathaniel Clyne will be the Liverpool right back for years to come, and James Milner has been surprisingly excellent in the position, so they seem more than capable of holding their own for the next season at least.

Midfield

Selecting a midfield for this team is difficult, as players like Philippe Coutinho and Georginio Wijnaldum have been linked with moves away to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively. Should they hold on to both of these players, Liverpool’s focus needs to be improving on the wing. Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Adam Lallana are all proficient in the centre of midfield, but when the ball needs to go wide, there is only one quality player who can play the position naturally in Sadio Mané.

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Mohamed Salah is one of the most interesting signings of the summer so far, the versatile Egyptian will be looking to continue a successful run of form which saw him fire through 19 goals with Roma last season. However, Liverpool won’t stop here and will still be looking to add more options. They might just want to look at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has seen limited play time with Arsenal this season. If they wish to be more ambitious however, the option of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, despite not always being a natural winger, would be a statement signing.

Striker

This is the position that the top teams in the Premier League just need to load with star players. Chelsea have Diego Costa (for now), Spurs have Harry Kane, Manchester City have Sergio Agüero and Manchester United had the exploits of the veteran goal poacher, Zlatan Ibrahimović. Liverpool need a striker to bring fear into the top teams in England and Europe.

Daniel Sturridge has regressed significantly since his utterly ridiculous exploits with Luis Suárez, and an upgrade is not just wanted, but needed at the club. Right now, Roberto Firmino is used as a false-9, and Liverpool require a striker to finish chances, the copious amount of chances their midfield will inevitably create next season.

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Strikers of high quality don’t come cheap or easy, but if Liverpool are truly aiming to be title winners, the players they may want to sign could include Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid or Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon. Morata is said to be wanting a move away from the Bernabeu, and Lacazette’s proposed move to Atlético Madrid has been put on hold by the Spanish club’s transfer ban. Liverpool could use either of these opportunities to sign a world-class striker to put the Premier League on notice.

Many of these signings are admittedly ambitious, maybe even over-ambitious. But should they improve each of these positions with a player named here, they could really light up the Premier League and Champions League next season.

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Who and What Liverpool Need This Summer
June 25, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

After a somewhat tumultuous season, Liverpool ultimately achieved their prime aim of qualifying for the Champions League. While it is true that they failed in seriously challenging for any of the domestic competitions (apart from a semi-final appearance in the EFL Cup), Champions League qualification should be enough to satisfy the fanbase for now.

However, if Jürgen Klopp’s charges are interested in winning silverware next season, there is a lot of work still to be done. In terms of targets, Champions League football next season is a major attraction, which may swing a player’s decision in the Merseyside direction.

Quality

Looking at the current squad for the season just gone by, Liverpool have neither the star power nor the depth to overhaul the likes of champions Chelsea or runners up Spurs. Liverpool’s strongest starting 11 likely consists of Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Can, Wijnaldum; Mané, Coutinho, Lallana; Firmino (4-2-3-1 formation). This squad, while definitely competitive, needs a few more players in order to be on everyone’s radar as a genuine contender.

Goalkeepers

There’s no doubt that the goalkeeper position was a massive headache for Jürgen Klopp, with Mignolet and Karius’ combined inconsistency being a bane for fans on The Kop. This position is the most important and scrutinised in football, as a ‘keepers mistake is visible to everyone and often results in concession of goals.

simon-mignolet-loris-karius

Liverpool should aim high for the quality of ‘keeper they invest in, and must be prepared to pay a high price. When choosing targets, Liverpool may want to look at the likes of Joe Hart, Manchester City’s maligned ‘keeper who was cast out on loan because he wasn’t good with his feet (ironic eh?).

If that doesn’t work out, the possibility of Iker Casillas finishing his famed career at the historic Anfield sounds like a perfect story. If Klopp decides to go shopping for a ‘keeper in Germany again, then he may be wise to offer Bernd Leno a way out of Bayer Leverkusen, who faltered massively in the Bundesliga this year.

Defence

Assuming Liverpool stick with a traditional back four, there is at least one position of need to fill. Dejan Lovren has undoubtedly improved season on season, but his ability does not correlate with that of a title-winning calibre centre back. Joel Matip has a high ceiling of potential, and may do well with an experienced partner in the centre.

virgil-van-dijk-liverpool

Virgil van Dijk seemed like the ideal man to fill the void, but with the recent turn of events ending that saga, The Reds may resort to a back-up choice in Stefan de Vrij from Lazio. The Dutchman would be a less-costly alternative that can still fill a hole sufficiently. They may even want to look at Lucas Hernandez from Atlético Madrid, who is an up-and-comer that can also play at left back if needed.

The right and left back positions are arguably filled already. Nathaniel Clyne will be the Liverpool right back for years to come, and James Milner has been surprisingly excellent in the position, so they seem more than capable of holding their own for the next season at least.

Midfield

Selecting a midfield for this team is difficult, as players like Philippe Coutinho and Georginio Wijnaldum have been linked with moves away to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively. Should they hold on to both of these players, Liverpool’s focus needs to be improving on the wing. Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, and Adam Lallana are all proficient in the centre of midfield, but when the ball needs to go wide, there is only one quality player who can play the position naturally in Sadio Mané.

mohamed-salah

Mohamed Salah is one of the most interesting signings of the summer so far, the versatile Egyptian will be looking to continue a successful run of form which saw him fire through 19 goals with Roma last season. However, Liverpool won’t stop here and will still be looking to add more options. They might just want to look at Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has seen limited play time with Arsenal this season. If they wish to be more ambitious however, the option of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, despite not always being a natural winger, would be a statement signing.

Striker

This is the position that the top teams in the Premier League just need to load with star players. Chelsea have Diego Costa (for now), Spurs have Harry Kane, Manchester City have Sergio Agüero and Manchester United had the exploits of the veteran goal poacher, Zlatan Ibrahimović. Liverpool need a striker to bring fear into the top teams in England and Europe.

Daniel Sturridge has regressed significantly since his utterly ridiculous exploits with Luis Suárez, and an upgrade is not just wanted, but needed at the club. Right now, Roberto Firmino is used as a false-9, and Liverpool require a striker to finish chances, the copious amount of chances their midfield will inevitably create next season.

daniel-sturridge

Strikers of high quality don’t come cheap or easy, but if Liverpool are truly aiming to be title winners, the players they may want to sign could include Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid or Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon. Morata is said to be wanting a move away from the Bernabeu, and Lacazette’s proposed move to Atlético Madrid has been put on hold by the Spanish club’s transfer ban. Liverpool could use either of these opportunities to sign a world-class striker to put the Premier League on notice.

Many of these signings are admittedly ambitious, maybe even over-ambitious. But should they improve each of these positions with a player named here, they could really light up the Premier League and Champions League next season.

Dean Fitzgerald
Can relate any life problems back to GAA. Has an interest in sport of all kinds, including even cricket for some reason.

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