Liverpool are enjoying a good run in their pre-season friendlies so far, and now, the manager will be looking to replicate the same form in the Premier League next season. The arrival of the top managers like Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, and Jose Mourinho has increased the level of the league and to achieve the paramount, the German manager will have to work very hard with the squad.
It is clear that so far, the 49-year-old German has identified the key areas where Liverpool need upgradations and he has started working on it as well. The arrival of Sadio Mane has made the Liverpool’s attacking trio faster than ever. Loris Karius is most likely to replace the error-prone Belgian international Simon Mignolet between the sticks and Joel Matip will fill the void of recently departed Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel.
Now, many believe that the manager is in the market to sign a new central midfielder, who could compliment the energetic game of Emre Can and besides that, the manager will also have to work on team’s issues on the left area. I’m talking about Alberto Moreno. The 24-year-old Spaniard, who joined Liverpool back in 2014 has been struggling a lot to convince the Anfield spectators and almost every single fan wants him to be replaced.
The former Sevilla defender was heavily criticized after Liverpool’s defeat to Sevilla in last season’s Europa League final. Now with that being said, we give you 3 perfect and realistic replacements for Moreno besides Jonas Hector:
- Jose Gaya-
The Spanish U-21 international Jose Gaya is an unknown figure in the industry, but his defending has been praised by a lot of football professionals. Gaya has become a regular first team player for Valencia for the last couple of years, and it is safe to say that he was one of the most promising players in the La Liga last year.
Just like Moreno, the 21-year-old is a pure attacking full-back, who loves to drive himself forward and delivers some accurate crosses in the box. But unlike Moreno, Gaya is the ever present personnel at the back. Last season, the Spaniard won 54% of his average duels and that is an impressive figure.
- Ricardo Rodriguez-
The Switzerland international is a goal-scoring fullback and is regarded as one of the toughest defenders in the sport. The 23-year-old Rodriguez is an important asset to Wolfsburg. But according to the news from the Daily Mail, Rodriguez has told his club that wants to leave and if that is the news, Liverpool should work fast because it is reported that Arsenal are also in the chase.
Rodriguez played 24 games for the German side last year and was awarded as the man of the match four times. He won 51% of his average duels and scored two goals, registering 3 assists. The 23-year-old possesses a strong and muscular physique and is known for his tireless work on the field and therefore, he could become one of the best signings for the club.
- Mattia De Sciglio-
I would have stated Lucas Digne because he would have come in handy, but the 22-year-old Frenchman recently joined the Catalan giants FC Barcelona. But to be very honest, his move to Spain is unjustified because Barcelona already have Jordi Alba for the position and he is well capable of out powering Digne for the first team spot.
Anyways, with Digne not an option now, Liverpool could go for Mattia De Sciglio. The 23-year-old was Conte’s regular performer in the Euro 2016, and if the reports are to be believed, then Liverpool are currently monitoring the Italian’s availability. Naturally a right footed player, Mattia could operate the game from left as well. Regarded as the heir of Paolo Maldini at San Siro, the player could well be tempted if Liverpool makes an offer.
“We’d welcome him to our team”: Liverpool duo send an open invitation for Bundesliga star to join the Reds
Latest Liverpool transfer news: Mane and Keita want Werner at Anfield
The report claims that we face competition from Manchester United and Bayern Munich for the 22-year-old forward. Naby Keita joined the Reds from RB Leipzig and claimed he would try his best to bring Werner to Anfield (h/t Daily Star):
“We played very well together in Leipzig, and he was one of my best friends there. It’s clear: If he’ll be on the move, I ask Timo to join us here at Liverpool.”
“I’d advise him to join Liverpool. I like his style of play. Very forceful, good finish, always giving it 100 per cent. If he wants to join us, we’d welcome him to our team.”
The report adds that Werner is the No.1 target for the Reds, and it will be interesting to see how things progress in the summer.
Liverpool have 0ne of the best attacks in the world
Liverpool play with three of the best attackers in world football with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino partnering Mane. The trio have plundered several goals since last season, but we could do with more attacking options.
Dominic Solanke was sold to Bournemouth in the winter window, and the report adds that Daniel Sturridge could leave the Reds at the end of the season.
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That would leave us with just Divock Origi as a senior forward in the side, and it would be a major surprise if we don’t sign some players in the summer.
Premier League rivals submit £39m bid for highly-rated 21-year-old Liverpool target
Liverpool FC transfer news: Chelsea submit bid for Liverpool target Luka Jovic
The Metro (h/t Mirror) reports that Chelsea have submitted a £39million bid for Liverpool target Luka Jovic. The 21-year-old Serbian has been in excellent form for Eintracht Frankfurt this season and has found the back of the net 19 times from 27 appearances.
The report adds that Liverpool have kept an eye on the highly-rated forward, who is also being tracked by La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Chelsea have now joined the race for the Serb, who is on loan at Frankfurt from Benfica. The report adds that Barcelona had agreed on personal terms with Jovic earlier in the week, however, his current club have stated that they would like to exercise their right-to-buy clause with Benfica.
The report also adds that Chelsea have made the 21-year-old a priority for the summer despite signing Gonzalo Higuain on loan and Christian Pulisic for next season.
Liverpool need more attacking options
The Reds have one of the best forward lines in football, however, the report claims that Jurgen Klopp will be looking for reinforcements in the summer window.
Daniel Sturridge’s contract at Anfield comes to an end in the summer while Divock Origi hasn’t been receiving regular time on the field.
The Reds also sold Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth in the winter window with Nathaniel Clyne joining the forward on loan at the Cherries.
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It will be interesting to see our activity once the season ends. The Reds signed several stars at the start of this campaign and hopefully, that leads to a title or two soon.
German football expert believes Klopp will extend Anfield stay even if he fails to land a trophy this season
Latest Liverpool news: Raphael Honigstein believes Jurgen Klopp will extend stay at Liverpool
German football expert Raphael Honigstein believes Jurgen Klopp will extend his stay at Anfield beyond 2022. The manager signed a new deal with Liverpool in 2016 which keeps him at the club until 2022, but the expert claims that Klopp will sign a new deal even if he fails to land a trophy.
Honigstein is also the author of “Bring the Noise: The Jurgen Klopp story” and said (h/t Daily Star)
“Klopp is totally happy at Liverpool and the club is totally happy with him. I think that he will renew his contract beyond 2022.
“Regardless of whether [Liverpool] become champions or Champions League winners, he will extend to 99.9 per cent.”
The Daily Star adds that Klopp had been linked with a move to Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga giants are still open to signing the Liverpool manager.
Bayern still an option for Klopp
Honigstein did warn that Klopp could sign for the Bundesliga powerhouses later in his career:
“He is flexible and ambitious enough to think about this opportunity if there is another opportunity.”
Klopp has done an excellent job for the Reds even though he hasn’t picked up a trophy at Anfield. The Reds are in a strong position to win the league title and face Bayern Munich in the round of 16 in the Champions League.
Liverpool are possibly playing their best football in the Premier League era, and the next logical step is winning a trophy under the manager.
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We have a great chance of doing that this season, and it will be interesting to see how things go in the league and the Champions League in the coming weeks.