Jurgen Klopp may have predicted a quiet transfer window for the Premier League champions yet Liverpool persistently remain connected to a growing number of transfer possibilities.
The three standout names in recent weeks have been Thiago Alcantara, Jamal Lewis and Ismaila Sarr who would all represent appropriate acquisitions to help improve squad depth for Liverpool’s title defence next season.
With a potential midfielder, left-back and attack-minded forward potentially on the cards, what does this do to vice-captain James Milner’s first-team credentials next season?
Other than Roberto Firmino, no Liverpool player has been utilised more for the Reds more than the former England international.
Milner – who currently earns £140k-a-week according to Spotrac – clocked up 37 appearances last season and featured in six of the seven competitions Liverpool participated in during the 2019/20 campaign.
The 33-year-old was deployed at left-back, in midfield, at right-back and even as a left-sided forward during Liverpool’s title victory.
Despite being in the twilight stages of his career, Milner has showcased that he is walking example that some professionals just get better with age.
He recently extended his stay at the club until 2022 which would suggest that Milner is likely to play a significant role once again next season.
Added edge in the domestic cup competitions
Following on from reports that Norwich City left-back Lewis has emerged as a prime Liverpool target, this will finally vacate the left-back position for Milner who has selflessly had to fill in on numerous occasions over the years.
In the domestic cup competitions, Liverpool had next to no cover for Andy Robertson meaning Milner would be forced to deputise in an unpreferred role which hurt the team in midfield.
He featured at left-back in 75 per cent of Liverpool’s cup competitions which left the Reds without an experienced and commanding figure in the middle of the park which could be invaluable next season.
Lewis will not be expected to regularly participate in PL fixtures due to Robertson’s status as the mainstay figure in the team. However, adding depth in a much-lacking area of the team could see Liverpool better suited for both league and cup competitions.
The more better-suited options the Reds have in multiple positions would suggest that, similarly to Manchester City, Liverpool will be more adept to make significant strides towards silverware in the domestic cup competitions – a form of silverware that is yet to be won since 2012.
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