Liverpool have already made a very good start to their summer business, but more could follow. In a dream scenario, Jürgen Klopp would get a midfielder and also a central defender in advance.
With Thiago Alcântara and Joël Matip both expiring their contracts next summer, while the immediate need to sign another player in their positions can be discussed, it will have to happen at some point, sooner rather than later anyway .
For that reason it probably makes sense that Liverpool could look at someone for each of those roles if the right man is available for the right price.
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The pressure is off a bit in midfield with Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai brought in. That duo will immediately upgrade two-thirds of Liverpool’s central areas.
In an ideal world, a more natural and long-term successor to Fabinho could be needed, although that could turn out to be 18-year-old Spanish talent Stefan Bajčetić.
However, there can never be too many good players at one club, assuming it’s the right mix. For that reason it makes sense that The Telegraph reports a strong interest in Southampton prodigy Roméo Lavia.
That report suggests Thiago may need to be sold before any move is made for the Belgian, although in a dream world Liverpool could have both before the ex-Bayern Munich and Barcelona star’s deal expires. A year overlap wouldn’t be a bad thing.
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On defense, Chelsea would be prepared to sell Levi Colwill at best. Football.London reports that Liverpool have inquired about the defender on several occasions, but Todd Boehly is adamant he will not let him leave.
Colwill will have to be convinced of his role at Stamford Bridge, but it’s not hard to see why Chelsea are so keen to keep him, despite the need to raise money to fund further signings. If he ticks all the boxes for Liverpool, including left-footed and homegrown, he would be a very good player to watch, although a transfer may not be possible.
Someone with a viable release clause, like Sporting’s Gonçalo Inácio, who can be bought for €49m (£38m/€45m), might be a more realistic buy, but the direction Liverpool take remains to be seen.
Here’s how Liverpool’s squad is taking shape so far, and where there’s room for more new additions.
keepers: Alisson, Kelleher, Adrian
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson, Gomez, Matip, Tsimikas, new signature
midfield: Szoboszlai, Fabinho, Mac Allister, Jones, Elliott, Henderson, Thiago, Bajcetic, new signature (plus young players who could be involved, including Bobby Clark)
Attack: Salah, Gakpo, Díaz, Núñez, Jota (plus young players who will be involved including Ben Doak)
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