How Liverpool could line up with Dominik Szoboszlai, Alexis Mac Allister and two more signings - Liverpool Echo

How Liverpool could line up with Dominik Szoboszlai, Alexis Mac Allister and two more signings – Liverpool Echo

Liverpool’s summer rebuild looks set to continue with the signing of Dominik Szoboszlai.

The Reds agreed last night to pay the £60m release clause in the RB Leipzig star’s contract. It comes after they activated the £35 million clause in Alexis Mac Allister’s Brighton & Hove Albion deal last month.

It wasn’t too long ago that the name plastered all over the Reds rumor mill was Jude Bellingham. But although talented and desperately sought after by supporters, it soon became a fact that the Borussia Dortmund prodigy would not fit Jurgen Klopp’s allotted budget. Other goals have been probed as the England international completed an £88.5 million maiden transfer to Real Madrid.

Silence following Mac Allister’s announcement led to a brief period of unease with just one week until the Liverpool first-team squad return to the AXA Training Center for pre-season preparation. However, the announcement of an agreement with Leipzig for Szoboszlai has put those emotions aside.

The midfield signings make for an exciting, youthful partnership that spans many bases. Mac Allister has proven himself suited to midfield roles, while Szoboszlai can fit into attacking positions in the center or as an outright winger.

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Their signings also point in one direction: the continued use of Klopp’s changed formation, which saw his team finish the recent Premier League campaign with an 11-game unbeaten run.

The main differences from Klopp’s traditional 4-3-3 was the deployment of a defensive trio, which allowed Trent Alexander-Arnold to reach midfield. Two midfielders would sit in front of defense while the others would push through to form an attacking quintet.

So, that said, where do Liverpool need further reinforcement ahead of their quest to return to the top of the pile?

With their two attacking midfielders ticked off the shopping list, first a more defensive runner alongside Alexander-Arnold would complete the midfield equation. And Kephren Thruam would fit the bit well.

Then it would come down to what Klopp wants to do with the role of the left in defence: stick with Andy Robertson or find a central defender.

The Scotland captain has proven he can fill that position for his country when called upon, and did the same for his club last season. However, the versatile Micky van de Ven would be the perfect latest addition to serve as a rotation and substitute in that area.

Liverpool’s dream line-up (3-2-5): Alisson; Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson/Mickey van de Ven; Trent Alexander Arnold, Khephren Thuram; Dominik Szoboszlai, Alexis MacAllisterMohamed Salah, Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz.

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