Liverpool Fc ended their wait for a Top Flight Title after 3 Decades in an emphatic fashion and smashed several Premier League records that included: Earliest to clinch the Premier League Title with 7 matches to spare, Quickest to 30 wins and so on.
The reigning World and English Champions Liverpool Fc (The Reds) looks well-drilled ahead of their first Premier League encounter hosting the newly promoted Leeds United.
In their preseason match, the Reds comfortably brushed aside League One side Blackpool Fc but there are some issues that needs to be resolved quickly and hopefully before the 05 October 2020 Transfer Deadline. The three things that Liverpool Fc needs to address:
- Offload the players deemed surplus: The Reds needs to quickly find buyers to offload players like Marko Grujić, Harry Wilson and Loris Karius in particular.
The Reds has plenty of Midfield and Attacking options to rely on, so it’s virtually impossible for both Grujić and Wilson to break into the Reds Starting XI.
The emerging Takumi Minamino and the resurging Naby Keïta has given Jürgen Klopp plenty of options to work with.
The one player that definitely has no future is Loris Karius. The unflappable Alisson Becker has firmly cemented as #1 Goalkeeper with Adrián as his deputy.
- Resolve the future of Georginio Wijnaldum: Despite being polarised by many Reds Fans, Georginio Wijnaldum has been one of the key players for Klopp. The Dutchman has been currently linked with a move to FC Barcelona to join with coach Ronald Koeman.
Wijnaldum will soon turn 30 and his contract has already entered in the final year. With not much resale value, the Reds will have to consider soon whether or not to bite the bullet!
Regardless of Wijnaldum’s contractual situation and despite Thiago Alcântara being constantly linked with the Reds move, the club do need to bring in at least a proven creative attacking midfielder.
Takumi Minamino is more adept at playing an attacking role but has to improve his defensive aspect of his game.
- Find a player to fill in as 4th Centre Back position: The untimely injuries of Joël Matip have proven to be a blessing in disguise for Joe Gomez. The young Englishman has firmly established a formidable defensive partnership with Virgil Van Dijk.
After Dejan Lovren was sold to FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, the Reds wisely used the money to re-invest in buying Tsimikas. This helped to solve the need for a reliable backup for the tireless Andrew Robertson and alleviate the burden for the ageless James Milner.
However given Matip has been frequently out injured, the Reds do need a 4th Centre Back in the unlikelihood of Van Dijk getting injured or Gomez’s loss of form.
Ki-jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg are too young and both lack experience. Both the youngsters require game time through Loan moves.
One possible solution is utilising Fabinho as a makeshift Centre Back. The versatile Brazilian is more than adept at playing as a reliable Centre Back. But, Fabinho is more comfortable playing as a Defensive Midfielder and shielding the defence.
Verdict: Given the current economic climate and the ongoing Corona Virus Situation, like most clubs the Reds will not get the desired price for some of the players that the Reds hopes to quickly offload.
As such, the Reds might have to bite the bullet and accept cut-prices for some players particularly Loris Karius.