There have been many summer signings so far this transfer window, and hopefully there will be a few more to come. Keita and Van Dijk still elude us, but this post looks at how we should line up next season in the assumption that these two players fail to sign.
The Belgian has had his fair share of criticism in his Liverpool career (rightly so), but he seemed to have turned a corner in the second half of last season. He pulled us through some tight games towards the end and saved us valuable points. With Klopp not looking to buy a new goalkeeper, it would seem that Mignolet will keep his place between the sticks.
Trent Alexander Arnold
This may be a surprise selection but Trent has looked impressive whenever he’s taken to the pitch. His attacking play matches his sturdy defensive capabilities. The youngester looks the real deal and will surely go on to have a massive career at Liverpool. Clyne may be more experienced but does sometimes struggle with his defensive duties, and also fails to chip in with any goals. Trent has looked good in pre season already so why not give him a chance.
Another player that has experienced his fair share of criticism. He had a very slow start to his Liverpool career but has settled himself in the heart of the Red’s defence and improved his defensive abilities massively. If Klopp manages to complete the signing of his former Southampton teammate Virgil Van Dijk then he may well find himself on the bench. Although as it stands we can expect to see the Croatian in the starting line up against Watford on the opening day.
Signing on a free transfer last summer from the Bundesliga, Matip has been fantastic. His long gangly strides are Sakho-esk and he plays in a similar way to the Frenchman. Solid in the tackle and comfortable enough on the ball to play out and find a teammate. His partnership with Lovren has been decent and our stats suggest that we keep more clean sheets when these two play together.
This transfer hasn’t yet been officially completed but the deal is all but agreed. A lot of fans turned their noses up at the prospect of signing the young Hull City full back. This may be influenced by the fact that the Scot was involved in the team that saw Hull relegated from the Premier League. In a better team, Andy could shine at Left Back and be a more natural selection than James Milner.
Central Defensive Midfielder
Jordan Henderson (Captain)
After an injury hit season last season, Jordan should be fit to slot back in to the centre of midfield for the new season. He’s the captain and does a great job of protecting the defense. This selection means that Emre Can misses out on my team, but it was clear last season that they can’t both be picked, and Jordan is a more natural defensive option that allows other players to push forward and get the goals.
Adam is a player that you just can’t leave out the side if he’s fit. He can unlock almost any defense with his trickery and skill, which is what we need considering how weaker teams play against us. The Englishman has started to add a decent amount of goals to his game, to add to his work rate and creativity making a perfect player in the centre of the pitch.
The Brazilian was given a new role towards the end of the 2016/17 season, playing in a more deeper central role. This seemed to suit him massively, playing in his teammates for goals and providing more creativity further back. Coutinho is arguably our most important player, scoring all types of goals including strikes from outside the box. Another key attribute when teams park up the bus against us.
Arriving from Roma this summer, the Egyptian is surely going to go straight into the first team. He didn’t take long to find the net in his debut against Wigan Athletic in a pre season game. His blistering pace and precise finishing will have every Kopite foaming at the mouth. Another player who will help to unlock stubborn defenses next season. Along with Mane, the two of them are sure to scare the life out of every defender next season.
Possibly our best player last season. Sadio signed last summer from Southampton and has been a breath of fresh air. Tearing through teams with his pace and strength. He was greatly missed during his time at the African Cup of Nations and it was no coincidence that our form dipped around this point. The prospect of Mane and Salah down the wings is very exciting and means we will be extremely dangerous on the counter attack.
The Brazlian may not be a natural number 9 but his work rate and energy is second to none. He wins the ball back high up the pitch and creates goals for his teammates. There could be a case for Daniel Sturridge to take this spot, as he is a more natural goalscorer, but I think Roberto is the man to lead the line again next season.
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