Liverpool don’t look like spending much money this summer so here are three players who could benefit the team with extra positions.
We went over this one in-depth recently and we really do think Jones could benefit from playing on the left-wing. The Scouser played there with some regularity for the Under 23s, scoring five goals in six games.
Jones’ future does appear to be in the middle, where we think he can become a top player. But his relative experience from the left would work in both his and the team’s favour. For one, Liverpool lack real cover for Sadio Mane, while playing an extra position would give Jones more opportunities to develop.
Another Scouser who played a different role in the youth setup. Alexander-Arnold played centre-midfield before senior football turned him into a right-back.
And he could potentially play that position again, with Liverpool lacking an elite passer in the middle. But there’s also potential for him to simply move up the wing to play a wide midfield role. It’s something we wouldn’t have recommended too strongly before but the emergence of Neco Williams offers cover for him.
Having a wide midfielder looking to cross the ball would certainly allow Liverpool to try something different in games. Especially with the dual-threat of Alexander-Arnold and Williams.
We’ve just mentioned his ability on the right but Williams playing from the left would be absolutely key. Liverpool reportedly want to add a left-back to their squad – but they wanted the same last summer and couldn’t find one. Finding the right player is difficult and, potentially, expensive.
The Reds made it through this season with only two recognised full-backs before Williams came along. In truth, they were very fortunate that neither Alexander-Arnold or Andy Robertson picked up lengthy injuries.
It would be a huge risk to bank on that again next season. Liverpool do need cover for Robertson and if Williams can do both, he’d immediately become a vital squad member.
It’s a position change that far outweighs the other two on this list. If Williams can learn two positions, it would save Liverpool millions and ease the pressure on two key players. It will be tough but should absolutely be the goal for the club and player.