Some Liverpool players find themselves with a second chance in 2021/22. We have a look at how the Reds’ transfer window affects them.
We’re still waiting to see the best out of Naby Keita despite Liverpool paying £53m for the midfielder back in 2018. But now’s his chance.
Gini Wijnaldum’s exit – and subsequent lack of replacement – hands Keita an opportunity. There’s a role for him in the team as an all-around midfielder, an alternative to Thiago’s passing game.
He just has to finally take that chance this year.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in a similar boat to Keita but he might find even more opportunities. The midfielder should also benefit from Wijnaldum’s exit but Xherdan Shaqiri’s could also open up games on the wing.
Liverpool were reportedly open to offers for Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita. Both remain and with better opportunities – let’s see if they take them.
Kostas Tsimikas was never likely to leave this summer but there was always a chance. He only played six Premier League minutes last season, after all.
But Liverpool haven’t looked into that too much. They’ve backed Tsimikas to be the player they thought they signed a year ago and kept him at the club for a second chance in 2021/22.
Takumi Minamino finally got a proper pre-season under his belt for Liverpool. Perhaps that’ll make a real difference.
We’re still not sure what his place in the squad is but Shaqiri’s exit opens up more opportunities. Perhaps that’s as a creative midfielder, maybe on the wing, or even as a False 9.
The loan to Southampton suggested Liverpool could move Minamino on. Instead, he’s getting another chance this season.
Liverpool were open to selling Divock Origi for around £12m, per the Athletic. The offers just didn’t arrive, however.
And their lack of attacking signings mean Origi is still the only out-and-out striker on the books. No matter what, that gives him a place in the squad.
Will that translate to performances, though? Only if Jurgen Klopp is willing to back him and he hasn’t been over the last two seasons. When Origi has played, he’s been okay but we just haven’t seen enough.
Once again, though, Origi will be the go-to striker. We’ll cross our fingers.