Liverpool news: Jamie Carragher suggests midfield solution as Reds get Manu Kone advantage

Liverpool are already hard at work in the transfer market following the appointment of Jorg Schmadtke as their new sporting director, with Jurgen Klopp hoping to strengthen his side significantly this summer

Liverpool are set for a major rebuild this summer following a disappointing campaign that saw them finish fifth in the Premier League and crash out of the Champions League in the last 16.

Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all set to depart Anfield when their contracts expire at the end of the month and manager Jurgen Klopp is looking to strengthen his squad in the transfer market.

Liverpool have already pulled out of the race for Borussia Dortmund and England star Jude Bellingham, but remain linked with a host of potential targets. Here is all the latest news involving Liverpool…

Liverpool’s Kone advantage
Liverpool’s new sporting director Jorg Schmadtke could give the Reds a major advantage in their pursuit of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Manu Kone.

Klopp is looking to strengthen his midfield this summer and Kone has been heavily linked with a switch to Anfield. And Liverpool could have an edge in negotiations with the Bundesliga side, with German publication Kicker claiming that Jorg’s son, Nils Schmadtke, is set to become Monchengladbach’s new sporting director.

Nils has previously worked for Monchengladbach as a scout and also worked alongside his father at Wolfsburg. And as a result, it appears any negotiations about Kone joining Liverpool are likely to be helped by the family links.

Carragher suggests midfield solution

Jamie Carragher believes Trent Alexander-Arnold could be the solution to Liverpool’s midfield problems, having thrived in a new role this season that has seen him drop into midfield at times.

And Carragher believes Liverpool should sign a new right-back and solely utilise Alexander-Arnold as a midfielder. He told Redmen TV : “I think his body language when he’s in midfield, compared to when he’s just playing in defence, is completely different. Feels like I’m watching a different player.

“Some of the passes he plays, no matter who we buy, if we bought Bellingham, how much more could he do that TAA does in midfield. When Liverpool are on the ball, whoever you buy, whatever you spend, they can’t do more than Trent. I think another season I’d be of the mind, let’s buy a right-back and put him in midfield, because this kid is too good to not be the centre of this team.”

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard could be set for a return to management with Leeds United following their relegation to the Championship.

Gerrard was almost appointed after Jesse Marsch was sacked earlier this year, but he could now get the job as Leeds target an immediate return to the Premier League. The 43-year-old is immediately available after being axed by Aston Villa in October.

Gary McAllister, who was Gerrard’s assistant at Rangers and Villa, made almost 300 appearances for Leeds. McAllister was most notably part of Howard Wilkinson’s title winning side in 1992 in a midfield alongside David Batty, Gordon Strachan and Gary Speed.