So here it is! Liverpool completed their seventh signing of the summer as they completed the deal of the 25-year-old Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle United. Soon after Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League, it was rumoured that he player is looking out to find an exit door in order to play a top flight football and it seems like the player has found his destination.
Wijnaldum become Klopp’s third signing of the week following the arrivals of defender Ragnar Klavan and goalkeeper Alex Manninger. Liverpool fans would be pleased to hear that Wijnaldum, who scored 11 goals last season, has signed a long-term contract with the club.
It is very much understood that manager Jürgen Klopp is looking to rebuild his squad according to his plans and for that, we might face some major outgoing as well. Even after completing seven transfers, we might still see a couple of new names, because, let’s face it, there still are some areas where the squad needs reinforcement. With seven signings already done, we give you a predicted lineup for the club, that could face the opposition with full throttle next season:
Goalkeeper: Loris Karius-
Liverpool recently bought an experienced player for the spot, yet it is understood that Manninger, who previously played for Arsenal will only be preferred after Karius and Mignolet. Loris Karius, who is bought from the German side Mainz 05 is an obvious first choice keeper for the manager. Mignolet, who was criticized heavily for his poor positioning and his poor distribution, will have to work more to beat the German for the spot now.
Defence: Clyne; Matip; Lovren; Moreno/Ragnar-
The spot for the right back position will obviously be occupied by the English international defender Nathaniel Clyne. Clyne was one of those Liverpool players, who gave a consistent performance throughout the season. He had a tough start to his Liverpool career, but the full-back eventually came back and settled well.
The centre back pairing will most probably be the duo of the new signing Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren. Lovren, who revived his Liverpool career under Klopp is an obvious choice centre back for the manager. The new signing Joel Matip is bought to make the Liverpool defence tougher to beat and with the absence of Mamadou Sakho in the first few games of the season, this will be Klopp’s centre back pairing.
Now, many would argue over the position of Ragnar Klavan, but the Estonian skipper is capable of playing as a left back as well. Of course, he cannot be compared by Moreno in terms of speed, but the 30-year-old can easily beat the Spaniard while defending for lives.
Holding Midfield: Can; Wijnaldum/Grujic-
There is no doubt that the German midfielder Emre Can will be the first choice holding midfielder, but the main concern for the manager would be his central partner. Well, Liverpool have Henderson for the spot, but now, they have an upgraded option in the name of Marko Grujic and Wijnaldum.
Many would question about Wijnaldum, but to be fair here, the Dutch international can do what Steven Gerrard did at the Anfield. The Englishman launched himself forward at times and tracked back as well, and thanks to the amazing work rate of Wijnaldum, he could do that too. And besides Wilnaldum, the manager could use the 20-year-old Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic as well.
Attacking Trio: Mane; Firmino; Coutinho-
The most obvious attacking trio for the manager would be of those aforementioned players, and if I’m not wrong then this would be the one of the fastest trio in the Premier League. Sadio Mane, who signed from Southampton could work on the right-hand side to compliment Clyne, while the Brazilian magician will be deployed on his usual position, i.e, left flank, from where he will continue to haunt his opponent and while the pair will guard the flanks, Firmino will do his job as an attacking midfielder.
Liverpool have a lot of options for the position, but with Balotelli and Benteke’s future looking uncertain, Klopp will not have to face a trauma to choose a player for this spot. Danny Ings is coming back to form, but he cannot beat Sturridge for the first team spot.