2018/19 the Champions League title, 2019/20 the English championship – are there any construction sites in the Liverpool FC squad? The analysis.
In view of the outstanding championship season, Liverpool FC has hardly any reason for changes in its team – especially since the Reds announced weeks ago that they wanted to be careful about their budget because of Corona. Nevertheless, there are question marks and possible transfer candidates for team manager Jurgen Klopp. The LFC squad analysis.
FC Liverpool in der Kaderanalyse: TOR
- Personnel: Adrian (contract until 2021), Alisson Becker (contract until 2024), Loris Karius (contract until 2022), Caoimhin Kelleher (contract until 2022), Andy Lonergan (contract until 2020), Kamil Grabara (contract until 2022)
- Question marks: Karius, Lonergan, Grabara
- Candidates: none
Situation: Liverpool has the best Premier League goalkeeper and one of the best in the world – Alisson’s number one status remains undisputed. The Brazilian played an extremely strong championship season.
The Reds have a few candidates behind them. Adrian came to 18 competitive games in the preseason. The 21-year-old Kelleher was in the box four times, Oldie Lonergan not once. It is quite possible that he will look around for game practice.
Karius was last loaned to Besiktas for two seasons, from where the 27-year-old returned early after disputes over salary payments. He will join a new club, most recently the interest of the HSC Montpellier was reported.
Grabara was lent to Huddersfield last year and will probably go as well. The Reds received a request from his Danish ex-club Aarhus.
Liverpool FC in the squad analysis: DEFENSE
- Personnel: Trent Alexander-Arnold (contract until 2024), Joe Gomez (contract until 2024), Ki-Jana Hoever (contract until 2021), Joel Matip (contract until 2024), Nathaniel Phillips (contract until 2021), Andrew Robertson (contract until 2024), Sepp van den Berg (contract until 2021), Virgil van Dijk (contract until 2023), Neco Williams (contract until 2021)
- Question mark: Phillips
- Candidates: Ozan Kabak (FC Schalke 04), Ben White (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Situation: In the coming season there will be nothing to shake about the main formation around the full-backs Alexander-Arnold and Robertson and the three central defenders Gomez, Matip and van Dijk.
With Hoever, van den Berg and Williams, the Reds have three promising youngsters in their back hand, who have recently been used on occasion. All three are part of the top talent group trained by development coach Vitor Matos.
“If they are not involved in the immediate routines of the professionals, they will get additional units that are based on those of the first team. We are trying to introduce them to the tasks in the first team,” said Liverpool assistant coach Peter Krawietz recently in Interview with Goal and SPOX about these guys. “On the one hand there is the physical development and the adaptation to the necessary training processes, on the other hand we make sure that we give them enough playing experience and competition experience.”
Liverpool FC: Interest in Kabak and White
Team manager Jurgen Klopp, for example, described right-back Williams as a “real contender” in order to provide even more relief for the defensive regulars in the future. “Finding the next Trent or Robbo is difficult, but maybe possible and we are working 100% on it,” said Klopp.
Loan player Phillips, who recently commuted between Liverpool and Stuttgart, has no future on the Neckar after VfB’s defensive purchases. A similar fate blossomed for the Reds.
Schalke central defender Kabak is a possible new addition. Kicker and image reported on Reds’ interest in the 20-year-old. The talented Turk would be the player for whom clammy S04 could probably make the most money. At 30 million euros, Schalke should be ready to give in.
They are also said to have had an eye on the last White loaned to Leeds United. The central defender played a convincing season there, which is why the promoted team would like to do everything possible to keep the 22-year-old on Elland Road.
Liverpool FC in the squad analysis: MITTELFELD
- Personnel: Fabinho (contract until 2023), Marko Grujic (contract until 2023), Jordan Henderson (contract until 2023), Curtis Jones (contract until 2025), Naby Keita (contract until 2023), James Milner (contract until 2022), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (contract until 2023), Georginio Wijnaldum (contract until 2021), Ben Woodburn (contract until 2022)
- Question mark: Grujic, Woodburn
- Candidates: Thiago Alcantara (FC Bayern Munich), Weston McKennie (FC Schalke 04)
Situation: Also in midfield, the Liverpool face of the new season will consist of proven. Frequent player Wijnaldum goes into his last year of contract, ex-Leipziger Keita has so far not achieved the maximum performance in view of numerous injuries.
Talent Jones can hope for further uses. In the previous year, the 19-year-old had already played twelve competitive matches, scoring three goals.
Hertha loaner Grujic is, according to the kicker join the preparation in Liverpool. Then it should be decided how to proceed with the Serbian. “How they see it and plan it in or not, I can’t say,” said Berlin CEO Sport Michael Preetz. In addition to Hertha, Borussia Monchengladbach is also said to show interest in the 24-year-old. The transfer fee of 15 to 20 million euros standing in the room would probably be raised by the new rich capital club.
Liverpool master coach Klopp dodges at Thiago
The offensive midfielder Woodburn – Liverpool’s youngest competitive goal scorer of all time – was last loaned to Sheffield and Oxford United, but he did not collect a lot of time there. Last season at Oxford, however, this had to do with a broken foot that cost him half a year. The 20-year-old, already a ten-time international player for Wales, is returning for the moment, but is likely to prefer another loan due to the tough competition. In any case, the LFC should not be willing to sell the talent.
Regarding transfers, regardless of the team part, based on Pep Guardiolas former bon mot, the question is: Nix or Thiago? The interest in Bavarias wanting to change Spaniards is the hottest rumor that can be heard around Liverpool.
When asked about Thiago, Klopp had only praise at the end, but always avoided. “I have no idea who will play for me next year,” said the master coach. “Thiago Alcantara is a great player, but a Bayern Munich player. There is nothing to say about that – I have now done so with too many words.”
Klopp: “No team that you absolutely have to change”
One thing is clear: without spectators, the Reds lose revenue of around 3.4 million euros per game day. Extrapolated to one season, that’s a loss of over 110 million euros. The club had announced months ago that it would be paying close attention to its budget in view of the corona pandemic – a Thiago transfer would come as a surprise.
“Take a look at this team,” said Klopp also a month ago, the Sport Bild, “it is not a team that you have to change now, where you say ‘Okay, we need this position and that position.'”
Liverpool FC in the squad analysis: ATTACK
- Personnel: Taiwo Awoniyi (contract until 2023), Rhian Brewster (contract until 2020), Harvey Elliott (contract until 2021), Sadio Mane (contract until 2023), Takumi Minamino (contract until 2024), Sheyi Ojo (contract until 2023), Divock Origi (contract until 2024), Roberto Firmino (contract until 2023), Mohamed Salah (contract until 2023), Xherdan Shaqiri (contract until 2023), Harry Wilson (contract until 2023)
- Fragezeichen: Origi, Shaqiri, Awoniyi, Ojo, Wilson
- Kandidat: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
Situation: With the glorious Drei Mane, Firmino and Salah, who contributed 57 competitive goals last year, Liverpool remains well positioned. Permanent joker Origi is 25 years old and could look elsewhere for a regular place. This also applies to the long-injured Shaqiri, who suffered primarily from a calf injury last year and subsequently only played eleven competitive games.
Winter shopping Minamino will surely be seen more often on the field because he “is extremely good at the way we play,” said Krawietz: “He brings everything with him. We can use his actions in tight spaces very well.”
Krawietz also raved about the 17-year-old outside player Elliott, who got eight appearances in the past season: “He has a great character and already offers a great football package. Above all, his understanding of football bubbles out of his ears.”
Liverpool youngster Brewster: Swansea loan was worth it
The loan from Brewster to Swansea City was worth it. The 20-year-old scored ten goals in 21 competitive games in Wales and received a praise from Klopp: “He played a good season. Rhian showed his talent. At the moment it is almost perfect for him, but what will be next season, we will discuss with him and his advisors.
It is quite possible that the second division would like to borrow it again. “They wanted him very much. It’s really important for a young striker to get practice, even if he doesn’t score every week,” said Klopp. However, it cannot be ruled out that the Reds plan to accommodate Brewster in a loan club at the Premier League level in the future.
Awoniyi is returning from 1. FSV Mainz 05 after his sixth loan since moving to Liverpool in 2015. However, the Bundesliga club is striving to borrow the soon-to-be 23-year-old again. “With Taiwo Awoniyi we have remained so that we would like to work together again. He will go back to Liverpool first and then we will see,” said sporting director Rouven Schroder in the image.
Rumor Mill: Push Forward or Sancho to Liverpool?
Ojo also has five lending deals, most recently he played for the Glasgow Rangers under Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. The perspective with the Reds should not have improved for the 23-year-old – it smells of loan number six or a permanent change.
The 23-year-old Wilson last kicked in Bournemouth. His three-goal start in the first five Premier League games was promising, with a total of seven goals and two assists. Towards the end of the season the right winger was used less and less. In Liverpool probably without a future.
Depending on what the future looks like at Origi in particular, the LFC could look again for a central striker. The name of Dortmund’s Sancho appears in the haze of the rumor mill, which rival Manchester United in particular wants to sign. The Englishman should not have anything against a move to Liverpool because of the better title chances …