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Jamie Carragher sees big-impact transfers at Liverpool very soon

Jamie Carragher sees some impactful transfers happening at Liverpool before long. The former defender believes the time is near for change.

Liverpool have an ageing squad. At least, the core of their success over the last few years has come at a risk.

The Reds built that success by assembling a squad that mostly peaked at exactly the same time. Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all roughly the same age.

They won the game’s biggest trophies at around 27 and 28 – when you’d expect them to be at their best. The consequence of that, however, is that they all decline at the same time, too.

All of the players mentioned will be over 30 by the start of next season. That was enough for Gini Wijnaldum to not get a new contract, in fact, as Liverpool tried to ease the strain of age on their squad.

But Jamie Carragher sees more change on the way at Liverpool as they look into new transfers.

Carragher on Liverpool transfers

“These players are all getting to 30, and you don’t want the entire team to age at the same time,” he told Sky Sports.

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“At some stage, the front three and other areas of the team will need breaking up.

“You can’t allow the front three to get old together – I think in the summer that’s the area where you’ve got to be looking to the future.

“You don’t necessarily break it up, because it’s started so fantastically well this season, and though [Diogo] Jota has made a big impact, I’d like to see one more.”

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The time is certainly near. Liverpool do have younger forwards at the club – Kaide Gordon comes to mind – but they’re all too young right now. Transfers, surely, are on the way.

And that means heading in new directions. We recently talked about changing the shape of the attack post-Roberto Firmino, for instance.

The Brazilian has been remarkable for Liverpool but he’s also incredibly unique. Replacing him like-for-like is almost impossible and the club will likely change for their forwards operate.

Change is on the way, then. Will it all happen in 2022? Perhaps not but you can expect the first real signs of change next year.

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