Jurgen Klopp is likely to make a risky decision and not sign any of the five elite attacking midfielders available this summer – but he’s earned the right to.
Bruno Fernandes, Nabil Fekir, Hakim Ziyech, James Rodriguez and Philippe Coutinho are all up for sale, according to various reports. Klopp will, in all likelihood, sign none of them.
It’s a strange position for Liverpool to be in. Usually, signing a player like this would be a given. They wanted Fekir last summer, of course.
And now the Reds are European champions – they have their pick. They’d have killed for this situation a few years ago.
Fernandes, who is reportedly valued at £62m and admits he’s available, spoke of his admiration for the Reds. Rodriguez, a former Galactico, is available for just £37m, according to reports in Italy.
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Finally we’ve got Coutinho – who Cadena SER say wants to leave Barcelona.
Five elite talents, all of whom Liverpool and Klopp have their pick of. And as the Liverpool Echo claim, they’ll almost certainly sign none of them.
But Klopp has earned the right to make that decision. Now, you may claim otherwise if he hadn’t just led his team to the Champions League trophy but his success puts him in a powerful position.
If he wants to move in another direction, away from these easily-available, world-class talents, then it’s up to him.
It’s a risk, of course. As we said, fans would be licking their lips at players of this calibre a few years ago. Think back to the summer of 2014 and this is a fantasy situation.
But the Reds will likely move on, head in a different direction, with a different midfield, and put faith in their manager. That’s the right you earn with a Champions League medal in your pocket.
Klopp has a different plan and it’s one Liverpool will be happy to follow.