With football currently suspended in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Jurgen Klopp’s team is waiting to find out when it can resume its attack on the Premier League title.
With the uncertainty surrounding the return of football, it is also unclear when the transfer window will open.
You could argue that Liverpool will feel less anxiety than the other clubs when they can recruit, as they are 25 points ahead of the Premier League summit and only need two more wins to seal their first high-level crown in 30 years.
But Klopp will know he must stay one step ahead of Liverpool’s rivals if they are to build on the success of the past 10 months, in which he guided the Reds to the Champions League, Super Cup. of UEFA and the Club World Cup.
Liverpool should have high hopes for RB Leipzig player Timo Werner, while Bundesliga club semi-center Dayot Upamecano has also been linked to Anfield’s interest.
There should also be departures, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne coming to the end of their contracts, while Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and Harry Wilson could all be on the verge of leaving.
Here we are looking at what could be a realistic 25-man team for the Reds next season, courtesy of our colleagues at the Liverpool Echo.
Goalkeepers – Alisson Becker, Adrian, Caoimhin Kelleher
Alisson’s position as Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper is undisputed, his contribution immense since his arrival from Rome in the summer of 2018.
However, the injuries and suspension of the Brazilian meant that Adrian presented this season much more this season than expected.
And while he has won all 11 Premier League games to date and been a hero in the UEFA Super Cup, mistakes have made Liverpool slip into the FA Cup and Champions League outings on last month. Nevertheless, Adrian is considered a more than capable MP.
Kelleher, for his part, can benefit from new opportunities for the first team and training with the group of senior goalkeepers.
Defenders – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Dayot Upamecano, Max Clark, Neco Williams
With Lovren likely to leave, Liverpool will have a gap to close in the center back. They are linked to a multitude of names, Diego Carlos of Seville having been highly touted for some time.
But, at 27, the Brazilian may be a little too old unless he is seen as something other than a relatively short-term solution.
RB Leipzig’s under 21 international striker, RB Leipzig’s 21 year old, would be more attractive, although it could prove costly.
Andy Robertson’s left side cover is imperative, and Vitesse Arnhem’s English defender Max Clark, formerly of Norwich City, has earned the reputation of an attacking rearguard, 24, and would not cost a fortune.
On the other flank, Neco Williams has already shown himself to be more than capable for Alexander-Arnold when needed.
Midfielders – Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Naby Keita, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Todd Cantwell, Curtis Jones
Lallana’s departure will leave a hole, not just in terms of popularity and importance in the locker room.
Liverpool have managed in recent years to loot relegated clubs for top talent and, with Norwich surely doomed, their effervescent midfielder Todd Cantwell would make a smart purchase.
For the rest, that’s pretty much what you were, with Curtis Jones fully promoted to the senior side and also capable of doing work on the left wing further upstream.
Forwards – Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino, Timo Werner, Divock Origi
There is no doubt that the top three from Liverpool will spark the interest of potential contenders in the next transfer window.
But unless one of them is actively agitating for a movement, there is little sense in doing so.
That said, planning for the future has already started with the move of Minamino in January, while the big summer expenses may well be spent on Werner, along with Jurgen Klopp, a well-known admirer of RB Leipzig striker .
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It might be tempting to sell Origi but, unless significant offers are received, it does not seem very beneficial to dump a player familiar with Klopp’s methods, if not particularly consistent in its application.
Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster will be part of a glut of Academy graduates also qualified to enter the Premier League.