Liverpool get their title defence underway on Saturday with a visit from Leeds United. Going into the new season the Reds haven’t invested much into the first team, only bringing in one new face in the shape of backup left back Kostas Tsimikas. If anything we’re expecting departures from the club but these moves may not materialise. Even if Liverpool don’t sell Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri, Jürgen Klopp should make Harvey Elliott his go to backup on the wing.
Backup options on wing
Liverpool currently have three potential backup options for Mo Salah on the right wing.
Harry Wilson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Harvey Elliott are the most naturally suited deputies.
Whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can also fill in, as can Sadio Mane if Divock Origi occupies the other flank.
Shaqiri and Wilson sale
There have been numerous reports claiming that Xherdan Shaqiri and Harry Wilson are up for sale.
Back in April, the Liverpool ECHO reported that the Reds were open to selling their Swiss international for £25m.
David Anderson of The Mirror claimed in the last week that Harry Wilson is wanted by a number of clubs with the Reds holding out for a fee close to £20m for the Welshman – he won’t be allowed to leave on loan.
Elliott should be backup
Harvey Elliott has once again impressed in pre-season, the teenage winger scored his first (albeit non-competitive) senior goal in a friendly against Blackpool.
Heading into the new season the wonderkid should be Jürgen Klopp’s go to backup for Mo Salah.
Elliott has an incredibly bright future in the game, if he isn’t going to be loaned out for first team experience then he should be given chances at Anfield.
The gaffer doesn’t like to rotate his team unless it’s necessary, so it is not as if Elliott would be playing every other week.
He would, however, be the best choice for the last 20 minutes of a game, or when Mo needs a rest against bottom half sides.
Wilson and Shaqiri don’t appear to have long term futures on Merseyside – Elliott does, we should put that future first.