Jose Enrique has advised his formed side to bring Christian Eriksen to Anfield this summer to solve Liverpool’s midfield dilemma.
Do Liverpool need a playmaker?
Or a box-to-box powerhouse?
Maybe a technical genius like Thiago?
What about a workhorse similar to Jordan Henderson?
A play breaker like Fabinho?
After a move to sign Aurelien Tchouameni fell through when the Frenchman joined Real Madrid, fans have been speculating about what Jurgen Klopp really needs in the middle of the park.
What I believe is indisputable is that Liverpool need a midfielder.
Why do Liverpool need a new midfielder?
Regardless of what anyone thinks that player should be able to contribute, Klopp definitely needs a new central midfielder.
Last season was simply amazing and while it was very disappointing to see such incredible Premier League and Champions League campaigns end the way they did, it was still a remarkable season.
However, two things ruined Liverpool’s league title hopes.
A lack of clinical finishing before and during the festive period.
And a lack of control in midfield while Thiago was injured in the early parts of the season.
Without the Spaniard, Liverpool really struggled to stamp their authority on games and were often bypassed in the centre of the pitch.
Jurgen Klopp prefers his side to control the game these days as opposed to the gung-ho approach he took in the early days of his Anfield reign.
I do miss the heavy metal football Liverpool used to rock in the Premier League but with the Reds advancing beyond their simple high pressing, counter-attacking style, the need for patient, technical players has increased.
Thiago showed this in the second half of the season with his technical excellence elevating Liverpool into the title race despite being 14 points behind at one stage.
So, does Christian Eriksen solve Liverpool’s midfield dilemma?
Here’s what he had to say: “Another interesting player that could be our solution to our midfield. And spending nothing because he is a free agent.
“He is a short-term solution but then we can wait for Bellingham next season – He will play if he deserves to play like everyone else. Eriksen is a top player and I believe he can compete for a starting spot in our XI. The season is very long.
“He is that kind of player, like Thiago, but maybe a little bit more offensive. But Thiago is our magician.”
The Danish Brentford midfielder would be a fine player to have in the middle of the park and is more than capable of unlocking a defence.
In his 237 Premier League appearances, Eriksen has 52 goals and 66 assists.
Liverpool expect Takumi Minamino to follow Sadio Mane out the Anfield exit door this summer, according to Paul Joyce.
In an article discussing Mane’s move to Bayern Munich and the next steps for Liverpool, the Times journalist included a footnote on Minamino’s future.
It read: “In addition to the departure of Mané, Liverpool also expect Takumi Minamino to leave with Monaco and Lyon interested.”
The Japan international scored 10 goals for the Reds this season.
He also got one assist but it was his clinical finishing that impressed so much.
Despite playing just 1008 minutes for Jurgen Klopp, he averaged a goal or an assist every 91 minutes.
Essentially, Minamino scored a goal for every full game of football he played.
The former RB Salzburg star was crucial in both the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup trophy wins and will leave Anfieldwith his head held high.
It was unfortunate that he was competing with the very best forwards in Europe for a starting role otherwise he may have had a longer career with Liverpool.
Selling him isn’t actually in our best interest as he is so good for rotation in the cup tournaments and he even scored a crucial goal against Southampton to help take the Premier League title race to the final day of the season.
Yet, just like Divock Origi, you can’t keep squad players happy forever even if they’re winning silverware.
At 27, Minamino simply has to be playing as much as possible to make the most of his career and I wish him all the best.
The 22-year-old signed a six-year deal to seal the switch from Benfica, earning his former club a potential €100million fee.
He scored 34 goals last season for the Portuguese side and Liverpool have now snapped him up to reinforce their attacking ranks.
Sadio Mane is set to take his leave, bringing an end to an amazing 6-year career with the Reds. In his time at the club, he won everything there was to win.
His replacement, Nunez, is now ready to follow in Luis Suarez’s footsteps and become the latest forward to play for Liverpool.
Darwin Nunez says he will call Luis Suarez
When asked if he had yet had the chance to speak to Suarez about joining Liverpool, Nunez replied: “No, not yet, I’ve not had a chance to be in touch with him just yet.
“But I’m sure when everything comes out on social media, I’ll give him a call or I’ll send him a photo that I’ve taken where he’s there in the background in a picture.
“I’ll send that to him and we’ll have a bit of a chat and I’ll ask him lots of questions so he can offer his support and help because he’s a real reference to me because he’s a Uruguayan footballer who made history at Liverpool.
“But, for sure, I’ll get the opportunity soon to call him and have a chat with him.”
According to the Liverpool Echo, it has become a priority for Jurgen Klopp to upgrade his engine room this summer.
Although a move for Jude Bellingham may need to wait until next summer, “the Reds recruitment team will be on standby to react should there be any further developments,” Ian Doyle reports for the Echo.