Liverpool have conquered the world in the last year and a bit. The Reds have been Champions of Everything under Jürgen Klopp, as a result it’s quite hard to justify any radical changes to the playing staff. If it ain’t broke, why spend millions trying to fix it? The Reds could do with some rotation options and depth in key areas, though. Lining up with James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum in the Community Shield showed just why Liverpool need to sign Thiago.
Community shield omens
This weekend Liverpool opened their season with the Community Shield final against Arsenal.
The Reds lost on penalties having gone behind in the 12th minute, equalising with 13 minutes to go. Last season Jürgen Klopp’s side won the league after losing the Community Shield on penalties, conceding in the 12th minute.
Whilst the result was unimportant we can take heart from the omens, we can be a suspicious bunch at times.
Milner and Wijnaldum
James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum are terrific squad players for the Reds, at times last year Gini was utterly undroppable.
When played together Milner and Wijnaldum aren’t the most creative pair. They are disciplined, with over 60 international caps each you’d expect them to be.
However, discipline alone isn’t enough for a midfield when you’re facing top opposition. We need a spark, someone who can pick that pass to launch an attack. Milner and Wijnaldum together can often stagnate the play.
Liverpool need Thiago
This weekend showed just why Liverpool need Thiago. The Spanish playmaker would’ve been able to find that pass into the final third, his ball progression stats are second to none.
David Ornstein has said that Bayern would want around £45m for the midfielder, Michael Edwards will be hoping to pay a lot less.
These rumours have been rumbling all summer and this weekend was testament to why they have been. We were crying out for a midfielder to take the game by the scruff of the neck, to keep firing the ball forward, we didn’t get that at Wembley.
Teams will sit deep against us this season, we can’t keep lining up against a low block with Milner and Wijnaldum. One at a time, sure – just not both.