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.
Former Red believes Jose Mourinho could get sacked if Man United lose to Liverpool
Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes that a loss for Manchester United against Liverpool will inevitably lead to Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
The two giants of Premier League football meet on Sunday, and the Reds are 16 points ahead of United after just 16 games this season.
Liverpool are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League and are giving Manchester City a run for their money in the race for the title.
The Reds know a win will keep them on top of the table while a loss for United could scupper their chances of a top-four finish.
“These sorts of games are season-definers. They are the ones that fans wait for. If United win, it will be, ‘Wow, okay, we’ve got to give this guy more time. He can turn it around’.
“But if they lose it will become a situation where you have a snowball effect. The inquest will be so big afterwards and it might feel that it’s all becoming inevitable for Jose.”
The former Red claimed that losing to Manchester City would be acceptable as they are one of the best sides in the world but a loss to the Reds would be too much.
United do have a decent record against us in the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp in charge. Hopefully, we get the win on Sunday and keep our title dreams alive.
“Do I have to win it?” – Jurgen Klopp responds to Jose Mourinho’s latest trophy jibe
The United manager was speaking ahead of our clash against the Red Devils, and Klopp was not going to have any of it.
The German claimed that anything less than a trophy would not be considered as a failure after our great start to the season (h/t Liverpool Echo).
“Do I have to? Do I have to win it?”
“People might remember that but what I have to do is make the best of the things the club is offering me – that is what I believe in.”
The manager also spoke about the Champions League ride last season, claiming it was brilliant, even if we didn’t win the title.
Klopp also claimed that life wouldn’t be great if it was only about doing the best all the time.
“I enjoyed it a lot. Going to the final was fantastic but in life – in all departments of life including your job – if only the best counts and effort doesn’t count then life is s***.
“You can do whatever you want but if I’m not as smart as Einstein or whatever, I can’t try a little bit? I will never be him.
“I love the challenge. Make the best of it. That is how I understand life, I learned it a little bit in football. In the end other people have to judge that.”
The manager is yet to win a trophy during his time at Liverpool, but came close by making it to three finals. Liverpool have made their best start ever in the club’s history, and lead the Premier League after 16 games.
Klopp could certainly make this season even better with a win over United on Sunday, a feat the German has never achieved in the Premier League.
Liverpool star claims this action against Napoli was similar to scoring a goal
Alisson produced the moment of our Champions League campaign when he saved in the dying seconds from Arkadiusz Milik.
The save ensured Liverpool defeated Napoli in our final group game 1-0, and we can now think about the knockout rounds.
“A save at the end of the game is always great and you feel you have contributed to the game.
“Of course, an important save in the first minute is as important as a save in the last minute but for the fans it’s the closest thing to scoring a goal in the last minute, like we did in the derby against Everton.”
The former Roma keeper also thanked the teammates for helping secure the win.
“But I only managed to make that save with the help of my teammates’ contribution and thank God we got the victory.”
The next test for the Brazilian would be the clash against Manchester United. A win will keep us at the top of the table, and we need to put United to the sword on Sunday.
Alisson was excellent in our draw against Chelsea in the Premier League and has only grown in stature. Hopefully, the Brazilian puts up a fantastic performance against our arch rivals.
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