The next Liverpool team is clear after four signings under Jurgen Klopp. The Reds have planned for the next generation of stars.
We’ve highlighted the problem with Liverpool before – the ages of their star players. The entire core of the side are all roughly the same age and that age is in and around 30.
They simply won’t be at their best in the next few years. That’s an enormous problem for a successful side, then.
Do Liverpool replace them all at once when they’re past it? It’s a wonderfully successful side, after all, and you want to get everything you can out of them.
But that strategy is very expensive and high-risk. Replacing everyone at once requires immediate superstars if Liverpool want to maintain their position as one of the best clubs in the world.
It’s far easier to bring in players while the core is still strong. You bring them in young and develop them alongside one another in the background. Then, when the first-team needs replacing, they can easily step up.
Fortunately, that’s exactly what Liverpool have done.
Moving the team forward under Klopp
Four transfers show it off best. Takumi Minamino, Naby Keita, Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota. All four have obvious positions they can play and all of them are between 23 and 25.
In theory, then, they’ll all be in their prime within the next two to four years. That’s exactly the time the current stars will need to step down – and the replacements are already here.
Not that the next generation is all new signings. They compliment the young players already at the club, with Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold the best examples.
Gomez (23) and Alexander-Arnold (21) should be around for a long time to come. More than that, they’re already first-team stars who have delivered trophies. They’re perfect to bridge the gap between the current side and the next one.
That’s potentially six players to lay the foundation for the next top Liverpool side. There will be new signings, of course, and hopefully, Curtis Jones steps up to take a spot. But Liverpool have already assured they can easily transition from this wonderful Klopp team into whatever comes next.