Graeme Souness believes that Liverpool’s protracted interest in Nabil Fekir shows that Jurgen Klopp is not entirely happy with the way things are in the middle of the park.
After the final whistle went at Anfield on Sunday, signalling the end of a goalless game between Liverpool and Manchester City, talk among fans and pundits was about the lack of spark and creativity for the Reds.
For a few weeks now, it has been a bit stale going forward and while a lack of freshness can be attributed to the draining run of fixtures for Liverpool since the last international break, there is undeniably a lack of creativity from midfield.
This was punished in Italy when Napoli stole a win in the dying minutes and the same thing almost happened at Anfield but Riyad Mahrez’s dreadful penalty kick let the Merseysiders off the hook.
“I think you saw Liverpool today organised, an extremely hard-working team,” Souness said on Sky Sports. “I think what happened in the summer with Liverpool, signing Fabinho, signing Keita, and also trying to get Fekir from Lyon, I think that tells you how Jurgen sees the midfield.
“Liverpool’s midfield, they’re three great lads and they work their socks off. But they just haven’t got that little bit of quality in games like this, where they can look one way and deliver a pass the other way.
“I think the way that Jurgen saw his midfield, the mere fact he signed two and tried to get three tells you he thinks he is a wee bit short there. I think that showed at times today.
“When they were dominant they have a lot of the ball and the danger is, when you try to go for more quality, you might not get somebody to put the same shift in. That’s the balancing act.”
Souness also believes that Klopp needs a player with that special bit of skill to win a game while also being industrious without the ball.
“Fine me a player who can do that but also puts a shift in when you don’t have the ball,” he added.
“The way he wants to play Jurgen, what does he call it, rock and roll football, high tempo, high intensity.
“Would you get that from someone who has a bit more class and sees it differently?”