Just how good will Liverpool’s future XI be? The Reds secured themselves some incredible players with three long-term contracts.
The last week has seen Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold all commit their next five years to Liverpool. That, no matter how you look at it, is wonderful news.
The trio are some of the few players in Liverpool’s first XI who will definitely be good over the next five years, for one thing. The first two are 28 and 27 respectively, while Alexander-Arnold is still only 22.
The likes of Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Virgil van Dijk will all be 34 in four years, though. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be 33.
Will those six players still be at the top of their game? Almost certainly not, you’d have to say. It’s very possible that none of them are regulars by then.
So with that in mind, what does Liverpool’s future XI look like? Who should play starring roles in four years’ time?
Liverpool’s future XI
We can be fairly confident that a 32-year-old Alisson will still be Liverpool’s no.1. In fact, he’ll likely remain one of the world’s best, given goalkeeper’s don’t tend to fade until their late 30s.
The rest of the back-four looks obvious, too. Alexander-Arnold will be 26, almost certainly captain, and one of the best around.
Andy Robertson should still be a fine player, too. He’ll be 31 in four years and his fitness levels should keep him at the highest level.
Centre-back looks sorted. Joe Gomez will be 28 and, injuries permitting, an elite player. He’s already a champion defender but with even more experience under his belt? You can expect big things.
His partner should be Ibrahima Konate. The Frenchman will be 26 by then and Liverpool paid £36m to secure his long-term future. The plan will be for him and Gomez to develop a partnership.
A 31-year-old Fabinho should still be the holding midfielder here. Much like Alisson, we should find that the Brazilian improves with age as his position usually benefits from extra experience.
It feels as though there’s one certainty in front of him – Curtis Jones. He’ll be 24 and is already shining in the Premier League. We expect big things from the Scouser.
As for his midfield partner? We’re not sure. We expected Liverpool to sign someone in this window but that’s starting to look unlikely.
One outside bet, however, is Harvey Elliott. Liverpool appear to like him as a centre-midfielder and while there’s a long way to go, that could be his eventual role.
A 22-year-old Elliott should be a fantastic player.
There is still a chance that either a 33-year-old Salah or a 33-year-old Mane is in the first-XI by this point. We’d be shocked if both were, though, as Liverpool surely won’t rely on two 33-year-olds.
Firmino likely won’t be there, given he’s not quite the athlete of the other two. He’s also older than his strike partners and we expect him to decline before them.
One player we can essentially guarantee in the XI is Diogo Jota. The player will be 28 in four years’ time and hopefully right in his prime – and it should be a spectacular prime.
As for the other player, we imagine it’ll be a signing. And this is probably where Liverpool should focus their transfer efforts.
The dream would be a Kylian Mbappe or Erling Halland signing – both are very unrealistic, though. But even someone like Alexander Isak would guarantee a top player in his prime for this timeframe.
Next summer should see Liverpool make a move in this direction, then. We can’t wait to see what they do.
Alexander-Arnold – Gomez – Konate – Robertson
Elliott? – Jones
Salah – (?) – Jota