Despite numerous links, Liverpool are yet to make a new midfield signing this summer.
Many fans have been baffled by the refusal to bring in a replacement for Gini Wijnaldum thus far. The Dutchman was the Reds’ most-used midfielder last season, so it was assumed that someone new would be signed to replace him.
Yet, with one more day to go until Liverpool’s opening Premier League game, there has been little action in the market.
It has left many wondering whether the club will actually bring someone in this summer or not.
Originally, we here at RTK were very much in the “signings needed” camp.
But events over the last month or so have led us to change our views somewhat. Even if we wouldn’t be opposed to a signing, we are now able to see why Liverpool might decide against it.
And here is why.
A midfield signing only needed in an injury crisis
Liverpool’s first-choice midfield is Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson. That is the trio that we will likely see in the majority of games this season, especially the big ones.
So, any new midfielder is not going to start if all three of those are fit.
And, if one of those do have fitness issues, Naby Keita is next in line. He has shown in pre-season that he is a top-class player.
In our eyes, there are few midfielders around that could jump ahead of the Guinean in the pecking order when he is fit.
So, essentially, it would take two injuries in midfield for the would-be new man to start games next season.
Of course, with Keita and Thiago’s injury history’s, that is very possible. But it is not a guarantee.
What if Liverpool spend £40m or so on a midfield signing and all of the club’s current stars stay fit? The new man is not going to be happy sitting on the bench.
Even if two midfielders are out at the same time, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and James Milner are at the club. Each of them is capable of reaching a good enough level to help Liverpool challenge at the top.
So, wouldn’t the club be better off putting that money to use on a forward? At this stage, we think so.
Especially if the possibility of signing Jude Bellingham opens up next year.