BT Sport’s pundits all agree on the signing Liverpool need to make this summer. The Reds have some work to do.
Liverpool come away from this season with two trophies in the bag but also frustration for what could have been. The Quadruple talk went right to the end of the campaign but in the end, neither of the biggest trophies went back to Anfield.
They now head into a massive summer for the club. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all have one year left on their contracts. James Milner’s deal will expire in June and he’s yet to agree to a new one. Divock Origi will depart the club.
And those are just the outgoings. Liverpool must improve their squad, too, as difficult as that might be. This is a squad that nearly achieved the impossible, after all, and the difference between what they are now and winning every trophy is very subtle. There aren’t that many ways to improve.
Despite that, the pundits working for BT Sport last night all agreed one the one area Liverpool must improve this summer. The next level is there if they get it right.
The signing Liverpool need to make
“If they were going to go and plug one gap right now, it would be a no.8 type of player,” said Michael Owen.
“I completely agree,” added Rio Ferdinand. “I think a midfield player, a bit of creativity, as well. Because late on in games, the creativity – that area is probably the one area they were searching for something a little bit more.”
Steven Gerrard then went a little more in-depth on the situation in midfield.
“Listen I totally agree with what Rio’s saying. Jordan [Henderson] and James Milner aren’t getting any younger,” he said. “They’re still top players at this level, of course, and they’ll want to go on and do more.
“But for Liverpool, if you think about the next five, six, seven years, they’re going to want a midfielder who can get goals, get double figures. Because they are heavily reliant on [their forwards].”
We completely agree with all of this. While departures up top would necessitate a new forward, midfield must be the first priority. Liverpool, after all, didn’t score across five hours in cup finals this season – that’s a problem they must solve.
Adding a bit more creativity and goals from midfield is one way to add to that without adding even more forwards. It could rejuvenate the team a little, bringing in another dimension, making Liverpool less predictable on the ball.
So let’s see what happens. It’s a big summer ahead and Liverpool could look very different come September.