Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to be active in the summer transfer market – and he could even field a completely new midfield on the opening day of the 2023/24 campaign
A fifth place finish means to Champions League and they will instead had to endure the difficulties of Europa League scheduling, which will prove challenging. Their poor campaign owed much to an inconsistent chunk of the season that saw their flaws continuously exposed.
Midfield has been cited as their major area of weakness following several transfer windows of neglect. The players were allowed to age with no fresh faces coming in and, suddenly, the intensity that once existed looked to have gone missing.
That will need to be addressed through the coming weeks with their midfield heavily impacting on their defence. In attack Jurgen Klopp is nicely set, but behind that he needs more creativity as well as players who are willing to put in the miles and press in a way that eases the burden on the defence.
Several names, some of which are already in the Premier League, have been linked with moves to Anfield and we take a look at how Klopp’s Reds could line-up should they get their transfer business done successfully.
With Mason Mount seemingly destined for a move to Manchester United, Klopp’s midfield rebuild will not include the Chelsea man. The Reds do look nailed on to sign Brighton star Alexis Mac Allister , though, and the World Cup winner would walk straight into a prominent role in the Liverpool engine room.
Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram has also emerged as a target this week with reports claiming that the Reds have made contact over a deal for the 22-year-old, who would be paired up alongside Mac Allister.
Bayern Munich maestro Ryan Gravenberch has also been linked with a switch to Anfield and could be available for a knockdown fee. But with Fabinho and Stefan Bajcetic also firmly in Klopp’s plans, it remains to be seen if Liverpool would actually press ahead with plans to sign three central midfielders.
Elsewhere, Klopp could also seek defensive reinforcements. Liverpool were uncharacteristically brittle at the back last term and addressing that issue is paramount if the Reds’ harbour ambitions of getting back into the title picture.
A long overdue revamp in midfield will help the Reds defensively no end, but Klopp could firm up interest in French defender Benjamin Pavard to bolster his rearguard options.
The 27-year-old has informed Bayern Munich that he wants to move on this summer and would provide Klopp with further options at centre-back and right-back as cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold.