Former Liverpool legend Steve McManaman believes Liverpool aren’t going to sign Nicolo Barella or any other midfielders for the rest of the transfer window.
Barella has been linked with a move to Anfield as well as Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.
Liverpool have been linked with signing a midfielder for the duration of the window, but nothing has since materialised.
Despite that, there have been calls from pundits for Liverpool to sign a midfielder.
McManaman stated that Barella isn’t a likely transfer as things stand.
However, he does believe that could change if a fringe midfielder in the shape of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for example) wanted to leave then that could mean the Reds re-visiting the transfer market.
Speaking to Horseracing.net, McManaman said: “Takumi Minamino is gone but I don’t think that is a space that Barella will fill, and I don’t necessarily think Liverpool will bring anyone else in. Liverpool’s business is done unless one of Liverpool’s fringe midfielders goes in and says ‘I want to leave.’
“Of course, Fabio Carvalho, the young kid, has come in and you’ve got Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones and you’ve got the experienced players.
“So unless one of those experienced players says they want to leave, I can’t see Liverpool bringing another midfielder in right now, only because they seem to have so many: Naby Keïta, James Milner, Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho.
“And then you talk about Carvalho, Elliott, Jones. And then of course people are talking about next year with Jude Bellingham, so it just doesn’t make any sense at this moment in time, unless one of them leaves.”
Jurgen Klopp on Jude Bellingham: “He’s not on the market – so, that’s the only problem with that player!”. 🔴🏴 #LFC
“I don’t think something will happen in midfield, but you never know. If somebody comes to you and says ‘I want to go’… but nobody came to me yet”. pic.twitter.com/a0376RhdyF
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 11, 2022
Klopp recently broke his silence on the current state of his Liverpool side, claiming that they have enough depth and quality to compete once again.
He defended the lack of a midfield signing by pointing toward the quality of his young stars in Harvey Elliot and Curtis Jones.
Both are seen as the future of their midfield and the pair has combined for a total of 94 games so far.
It’s very likely they will receive more game time this season alongside Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita Thiago and Henderson, with James Milner also deputising where needed.