Liverpool are looking at two young, English midfielders for their squad next season, according to a claim. The Reds appear to be setting up for the future.
Journalist Dean Jones gave a Q&A on Tuesday for Bleacher Report where he claimed that Liverpool are looking for squad players. There, a fan asked what the Reds hope to do ahead of next season.
“Outside of [Timo] Werner, they want a midfielder,” Jones said. “But it would be more of a squad player like Cantwell from Norwich or Kalvin Phillips of Leeds.
“I think that gives you an idea of how Liverpool wants to strengthen and add depth rather than another elite signing.”
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Cantwell, now 22, does look like a very good player. He’s impressed in his debut Premier League season, scoring six times for a struggling side.
It’s harder to judge Phillips, though. Leeds reportedly rejected bids for him last summer, so there’s clearly interest. Liverpool would represent a huge step up for a 24-year-old in the Championship, however.
If Jones is right, then we can clearly see how Liverpool plan on going forward. They want small, low-risk gambles on squad players who can push on towards the first-team.
It makes sense, too. Liverpool have an elite first-team that doesn’t require any major change, thus it is time to look forward.
Filling your squad around up-and-coming signings, combined with your own youth products, is a great way to do that. It appears to be the plan, if Liverpool truly are going after these young, English midfielders.