Liverpool are expected to sign a midfielder over the summer. Jürgen Klopp has lost one of his most important players and he’ll need replacing. Liverpool have been linked with a move for Florian Neuhaus. Curtis Jones could be unleashed into a more advanced role if the German is signed.
Gini Wijnaldum departure
It’s going to be hard to explain to our kids just why Gini Wijnaldum was so good.
He just was.
He didn’t score all of the goals, he didn’t bag all of the assists, he didn’t make goal line clearances. Gini just did everything else.
The Dutchman barely missed a game in the Premier League. As a result he’ll be difficult to replace. He was just so reliable.
Considering how many games he played each season Jürgen Klopp can’t afford to not sign a replacement.
Liverpool move for Florian Neuhaus
One Bundesliga star is emerging a leading contender to succeed Gini Wijnaldum.
According to AS in Spain, Liverpool will beat the competition to sign Florian Neuhaus, described as the next Toni Kroos.
The Reds reportedly face challenges from Manchester City and Juventus.
However, Michael Edwards is expected to pay £34m to seal the signing.
Curtis Jones advanced role
At Borussia Monchengladbach Neuhaus operated as part of a two man centre midfield pairing.
This could indicate that Jürgen Klopp is open to switching to a 4-2-3-1 formation next season.
Coming through the ranks in the Liverpool academy Curtis Jones often played behind the striker or off the left wing.
Since breaking into the first team the Scouser’s natural flair has had to be tempered by the discipline required for Klopp’s middle three.
Should the Reds switch to playing with a 10 then we could see Jones used as one of the 10s throughout the campaign.
The move would certainly suit his eye for a ball and close dribbling ability whilst relieving him of certain defensive duties he isn’t quite equipped for yet.