Two first-team Liverpool stars could change position next season. That’s if reports of a new transfer plan are accurate.
Fabrizio Romano told Anfield Watch this week that Liverpool want to sign a winger. It’s a surprise to us, in truth – midfield feels like a far more necessary area to strengthen.
Gini Wijnaldum left this summer, meaning the Reds are one man lighter in the middle. Surely, that needs rectifying?
In fact, we’d have a striker down as a more likely signing. Divock Origi is the only out-and-out striker in the squad and we’re not 100% he’s staying.
But that got us thinking. What if Liverpool plan to change the position of a couple of first-team players next season?
First-team position change
Liverpool have four elite forwards at the club and three of them are wingers. It does make you wonder why they’d want another.
Getting three wingers in a team is hard enough, let alone four. But Liverpool are in the fortunate position of it being possible.
That’s because all three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota are capable of playing through the middle. Jota even did that at times last season, proving himself to be wonderfully versatile.
Salah and Mane played almost exclusively on the wing last season, though. But if Liverpool spend significant amounts on a winger, they’ll surely plat centrally far more often.
Salah, in particular, has a phenomenal record through the middle. That’s something Liverpool can take advantage of if they have more cover for him as a right-winger.
Jurgen Klopp could even rest the Egyptian, put Jota wide with another winger and use Mane as a striker. He’s played there on occasion but we’d back him to do it more often with extra wingers in the squad.
So we’d prepare to see both Salah and Mane playing centrally far more often next season. It certainly seems to add up with Liverpool’s supposed plans.