Liverpool isn’t experiencing the finest season of its history; rather, it’s one of the worst. Based on the current Premier League rankings, the team will not even be able to qualify for the Champions League next season. The team’s performance has clearly deteriorated.
Now, why did that happen? A simple explanation would be that the Reds paid no attention to the afflictions of time. They were too late to recognize that former world-class players would eventually decline, for which essential preparations should have been made but were not.
Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Virgil Van Dijk, and others have significantly deteriorated in terms of performance. Age is a role, but so is endurance. It’s just tough to stay at the top for years on end, and that’s perfectly fine. The issue arises when the club begins to expect the extraordinary, the possibilities of which occurring being far fewer than the most likely outcome.
Why weren’t timely additions made to build squad depth and develop new players to lead the club in the future when the veterans weren’t up to the task? Several such queries should be directed at people in charge of Liverpool.
Today, the club is plainly in deterioration, and if any signings are to be made during the highly anticipated summer transfer window, they should be in these two areas.
2. Centre-back – The most glaring need
There isn’t even a need to offer an explanation to justify this after what transpired against Real Madrid. How terrible should should a player be to squander a two-goal lead and then trail by three goals in one hour?
For instance, Joe Gomez is no longer good enough for Liverpool. If you believe Gomez ought to play in a crucial game, you must have a strong stomach for harsh circumstances. In all honesty, he ought to be among the top players who are demoted significantly. Joel Matip is in the same boat. Even if you shouldn’t rely on them for big games, Klopp does so.
Virgil Van Dijk, although being plagued by injuries, has been rather good this season and does not deserve to be partnered with such dangers. It’s clearer than ever that Liverpool desperately needs a new centre back.
1. Creative midfielder – The missing link
Following an ailing defense, the absence of creativity in the midfield has to be the second most obvious necessity to address this summer. As previously said, the current players for this position have lost the flare required to be a highly imaginative and innovative midfielder.
I am certain that Liverpool’s current midfield has lost the daring aspect that made the club’s game so fascinating and intriguing to watch. With the exception of Stefan Bajcetic and Thiago Alcantara, the players appear stifled and limited in their abilities.
I would award Liverpool full credit for selecting Jude Bellingham, who is the ideal candidate for this position. He might be a significant improvement to the present system. The Englishman is dependable and has repeatedly shown himself on the highest stage.
Signing him is the club’s first priority, as it should be. He is far too talented for his age and possesses nearly all of the traits of inventiveness, intellect, and enthusiasm required to flourish at Liverpool.
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Overall, I feel that if the aforementioned two positions are resolved first, the most of the sports concerns that continue in Liverpool’s roster will be addressed. A dependable defensive unit combined with a dynamic midfield would be the best approach to reestablish the long-lost rapport.