Liverpool made two smart deadline day signings on Monday. While defensive in nature, they should provide a midfield boost, too.
Liverpool brought in two deadline day signings, both of which play centre-back. Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak arrive and are immediately the best available options.
That’s because Joel Matip is now out for the season. He joins Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk on the sidelines, leaving Liverpool without any of the centre-backs they started the season with.
That’s simply a bizarre situation and one that understandably thrust Liverpool into the transfer market.
Liverpool were already surviving without senior options, of course. Fabinho has played most of the season at the back, while Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have stepped up.
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None of the trio had played the position at the top level before this sesaon, however.
Nor has Davies, we should say. But his years in the Championship at centre-back makes him far and away more experienced than those three.
Kabak has years in the Bundesliga, too, and will hope to form a partnership with Davies. At least until the end of the campaign.
Liverpool will hope the two click together, too, of course. And not just because of what it means in defence. It’s a duo that would help boost Liverpool’s midfield.
Liverpool must have had an idea in mind when they signed Thiago for the season.
Henderson – Thiago
They’re three of the best around and appear to form a natural midfield triangle. You have a world-class holding midfielder in Fabinho, ready to cover as the other two roam.
You’ve got Henderson’s energy and willingness to get around the pitch. You have Thiago and his world-class creativity and movement.
And all three are capable of a fantastic long pass.
But we’ve only seen them together once – when Liverpool went to Everton for that 2-2 draw. The most notable game of the season, really, as both Van Dijk and Thiago picked up injuries.
We didn’t see Thiago again for two months. We haven’t seen Van Dijk since, and as a result, Fabinho has spent the season in defence.
Hopefully, though, Liverpool can learn to rely on Davies and Kabak. If they can, then Fabinho can move back into midfield.
Finally, Liverpool may be able to get a few more games out of their world-class midfield.
Liverpool’s defence is undoubtedly stronger after Monday but their midfield really might be, too.