The Liverpool Echo suggests that Jurgen Klopp is not overly concerned about signing a new central midfielder despite Georginio Wijnaldum’s departure.
According to Ian Doyle, “while not as pressing a concern, Liverpool will continue to monitor any potential moves for a midfielder following the departure of Gini Wijnaldum.”
Anfield Central was told something similar following a meeting between the club and Yves Bissouma’s agent in the club’s London offices revealed that signing the Malian will cost around £50million.
While we’ve been told that it’s something that might be revisited down the line should significant outgoings occur, Liverpool aren’t looking to spend the majority of their budget on a midfielder with other areas of the pitch in need of reinforcement as well.
That said, I cannot imagine that Jurgen Klopp and co. will flat out refuse to sign a new central midfielder after the tough lesson they learnt following Dejan Lovren’s move to Zenit St. Petersburg.
The club failed to replace the Croatian and after he left and subsequently won the Russian Premier League, the Reds slipped 30 points from 1st place to 3rd after multiple serious injuries sidelined Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
Wijnaldum is or, at least, was the most reliable player at the club in terms of fitness and availability so not replacing him would be foolish.
This would be particularly unwise when you consider the options available to Klopp centrally.
Thiago is a fantastic player but aside from the knee injury he sustained due to a horrible tackle from Richarlison, this is the first season since the 2011/12 campaign that he has avoided any muscle injuries or knocks due to fatigue so it stands to reason that he’s due an injury.
Fabinho is reliable but Jordan Henderson isn’t getting any younger and he has, in fact, missed more games since Naby Keita was signed than the Guinean himself and yet he’s the one labelled as a crock.
Beyond the first choice three and Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also prone to injury, James Milner is on his way to his 36th birthday and Curtis Jones is only 20 and still learning.
Not signing a new central midfielder would be downright negligible even if it’s just to safeguard against the possibility of another injury crisis.
While Liverpool fans will always laud Klopp for the incredible work he’s done, his legacy as far as the wider footballing world is concerned could suffer if he decides against signing a new midfielder and next season is ruined by multiple injuries to midfielders.
As our source was told, Liverpool haven’t ruled out signing a new midfielder, they’ve decided that after being priced out of a deal to sign Bissouma, they will take time to assess the market and wait for funds to be generated by selling players before making a decision.
They have a few months to get their squad sorted for next season but signing a new midfielder should still be on their list of priorities including signing a new forward and potentially a backup right back.