Klopp’s recent comments clearly suggests that so called ‘star names’ won’t be arriving at Anfield this transfer window, the German is adamant to instill confidence in current set of players and blend them into a team hard to beat.
Simon Mignolet signed a contract extension in January 2016, leaving many in doubt whether Liverpool will buy a new keeper in the summer transfer window, but as early as June, Loris Karius, a German keeper joined the Reds.
The Belgian Mignolet was ranked first in making most errors in the 2015-16 season, which clearly is not good enough in the highest level.
Liverpool need a commanding and solid keeper this coming season, with Mignolet’s struggles they may need the services of Karius to be perfect and the German youngster can make his name on the world stage by performing well.
Having conceded more goals than some mid-table teams last season, Liverpool’s back-line is another area in need of wide-eyed attention. Klopp did some early business in this by signing Joel Matip from Schalke in January.
Though the current situation of centre-backs is not a healthy one for the Reds, returning Sakho faces an injury which will keep him out for initial part of the season, adding to it Joe Gomez also got injured leaving Lovren and Matip as the only centre-back pair possible for the first match-day. Liverpool now are in desperate need of a backup centre-back, they must find one before it gets too late.
Clyne is expected to spearhead his position as a number 1 right-back with fit again Flanagan as his deputy. Left-back remains an area to worry as Moreno is expected to be number 1 in that position, Klopp’s statement in the media clearly suggested that Liverpool are out of the race to sign either of Chilwell and Hector, the German meanwhile also backed Australian Brad Smith to deputy Moreno in that position, this remains to be seen whether this is the right call. The media backing from the manager will certainly lift the confidence of Smith.
To be honest, Liverpool’s defenders are not that bad as the stats suggests, Liverpool need a solid keeper physically and mentally, maybe Karius could fill in that role and we may see a different defensive game from the Reds.
Liverpool’s midfield was somewhat better with the arrival of Klopp, he had a clear agenda of making Can a holding midfielder and play Milner/Henderson with him in that central midfield area. Last season was good for Can and the German will be looking to improve upon his performances. Marko Grujic is a promising pick from Liverpool, the Serbian is tall and muscular pretty much resembling Can. Joe Allen is another choice but will he remain in Klopp’s long term plans promises to be seen, the Welshman had a fabulous Euro 2016 and can replace Henderson/Milner partnering the holding midfielder.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Klopp changes his formation and accommodate both Can and Grujic or keep both men as an alternative to each other. Milner has proved his worth as a top midfielder for the Reds last season, captain Henderson had an on off last season hampered by injury, he has a big season coming up and needs to fulfill the expectations both as a player and as a leader.
In attacking midfield, Sadio Mane is an inspirational pick by Klopp, the Senegalese will certainly add pace and directness in Liverpool’s attacking play. Last season, Reds had players with guile and craft but lacked pace and thrust to really take on the defenders, Mane can perform that role.
It’ll be fascinating to see how does the attacking midfield shape up for Liverpool this season, Coutinho/Mane on the left, Firmino/Mane as number 10 and Lallana/Mane on the right are the obvious choices for Klopp. Versatility of Mane will add more competition in these roles.
Fit again Sturridge and Ings have boosted the striking options for the Reds, Divock Origi had a very good second part of last season which makes up for an interesting dilemma for Klopp of who to pick and who to bench.
So all in all few issues to amend and few to brush up and make it better is the main agenda for Klopp this season. The German has emphasised on team building around a core group of players and not indulge in only buying and selling players.
He may need his core players to step up this season and show the world you always don’t need marquee signings to win marquee competitions.
By Mizgan on 17th July, 2016
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