Liverpool are heading towards a quiet window for transfers. Which players stand to benefit from that?
Ibrahima Konate is the only transfer Liverpool have made so far and it increasingly looks as though he’ll be it for the summer. The Reds will certainly have added depth in defence – but what about everywhere else?
Liverpool look quite light with no further transfers in the window. But that certainly could benefit two players, in particular.
Two players to benefit
If Liverpool really don’t sign any midfielders this summer, it suggests a lot of faith in Curtis Jones. They’re essentially saying that he’ll be the replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, certainly in the pecking order.
And while Liverpool fans may wish for someone more proven, it could be the making of Jones. He’s set for a fairly prominent role.
Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago are undoubtedly ahead of him. But Jones could quickly move in front of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner. Certainly if that trio repeat last year’s form.
In not bringing in any competition, we can say quite confidently that Jones could be Liverpool’s no.4 midfielder by the end of the season. That’s a chance few 20-year-olds could dream of.
Jones could legitimately be a star in the making this season.
But he’s not the only one who should benefit. Harvey Elliott, too, could find himself in a wonderful position.
The 18-year-old appears set for a midfield role this season, meaning he’s competing among the same players as Jones. The chances of him usurping them all is unlikely but Elliott can put himself in the mix for minutes.
A new midfield signing would take quite a few of those minutes away from him. That would, in turn, harm his development – or at least slow it down.
But Elliott can also play on the wing, of course. While he may not play in midfield every week, there is always the possibility that Jurgen Klopp uses him on the wing.
And once again, a new signing would take away minutes. As things stand, Elliott could end up with plenty of games across multiple positions.