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.
World-class Liverpool target set to move away from La Liga club in the summer
Latest Liverpool transfer news: James Rodriguez could be on his way to the Premier League
The 27-year-old joined the Bavarians on a two-year loan deal in 2017 from Real Madrid, and the report claims that the Colombian has struggled to settle at the Bundesliga club.
Rodriguez has put up some great performances for the Bavarians this season and scored 7 goals in the Bundesliga.
The report adds that the 27-year-old will meet with agent Jorge Mendes and discuss his future move, and he isn’t interested in staying at Real Madrid too. Zinedine Zidane is back at the club, and he doesn’t see Rodriguez in his plans, according to the report.
Liverpool interested in Rodriguez
Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the 27-year-old, and the report claims that Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in Rodriguez.
Liverpool already have a fantastic first-team under Jurgen Klopp but could do with another attacking midfielder in the side.
Rodriguez’s time at Bayern has been average, to say the least, and there is no surety if he will fit into the scheme of things at Anfield.
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The Reds play a high-energy game under Klopp and it will be interesting to see who we sign once the season is complete.
Boost for the Reds as Klopp provides positive news over two Liverpool stars returning to fitness
Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp provides a positive update on two Liverpool players
Jurgen Klopp provided some positive news regarding Roberto Firmino’s return to the first-team.
The Brazilian missed our last three games and is working to regain fitness ahead of the Champions League final against Tottenham.
The forward is at our training camp at Marbella, and Klopp claimed that the Brazilian still needs to be looked after (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):
“Bobby looks really good [and] he is now part of training. It was not too long out, but of course we are still careful and want to make sure nothing happens.”
The manager added that Firmino had played in some of the smaller games with the rest of the players and it was “the first step to play football.”
“Today he was in around about 70 per cent of the session. Tomorrow he will probably be in completely, we will see, then hopefully it will be fine.”
More good news for Liverpool
Firmino returning to fitness for the final would be a huge boost to our attack.
The Brazilian has a great relationship with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and the trio could cause Tottenham all sorts of problems.
Klopp also spoke about another injured player as Naby Keita is making a return from an abductor injury sustained against Barcelona at the Nou Camp:
“Naby is, I would say, a bit ahead of schedule, but that doesn’t mean anything for the final.”
The German added that the player is running and doing some work, and spoke about Keita possibly playing in the Africa Cup of Nations in the summer.
“For me, it would be good if Naby would be 100 per cent fit and could play the Africa Cup of Nations, to be 100 per cent honest.”
However, Klopp confirmed that Keita would not be playing in the tournament if he wasn’t completely fit, and claimed that the medical staff would work to get the Guinea midfielder back to his best.
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Liverpool have just over a week before the final and hopefully, we have Firmino ready to go against Spurs at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Promising Liverpool starlet to sign new deal and join Scottish giants on loan
Liverpool FC transfer news: Sheyi Ojo close to joining Steven Gerrard at Rangers
The English youngster was on loan at Reims last season but only made three starts for the Ligue 1 side. Ojo did play 18 games in all competitions for the French side, but most of them came off the bench.
The report claims that Ojo will be joining Rangers after signing a new deal with the Reds. Gers manager Steven Gerrard used his connections to sign a couple of players from Liverpool last season.
Ryan Kent was a success at the club, and the report claims that Gerrard is looking to keep the Englishman for another season.
However, Kent is expected to move to another club, and the report claims that Ojo would be his replacement for the Scottish giants.
Ojo needs to play regular football
The report claims that Ojo is highly rated at Anfield, and it should not come as a surprise if he is loaned out for another season.
The English winger will find it difficult to get regular minutes under Jurgen Klopp next season. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane could do with some competition, however, Ojo hasn’t proven his ability in a top league yet.
It will be interesting to track his development next season and see if he performs better than Kent at Rangers.
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The Reds are blessed with young attacking talent at the moment, with Harry Wilson also shining at Derby County this season.