Liverpool rate two of their midfielders so highly that they won’t sign anyone this summer, according to reports. The Reds will put their faith in youth.
This comes from Goal. They claim that the main reason Liverpool won’t sign a midfielder this summer is because of two players already at the club.
The Reds have been linked with midfielders from all over and Jude Bellingham, in particular. It’s clear that they need new blood in midfield, too, as several stars face uncertain futures.
James Milner will be 37 when next season finished, while Jordan Henderson will be 32. Thiago is now 31 on top of that, and both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are out of contract in 2023.
Yet, Liverpool won’t invest in a new midfielder this summer. Instead, they’re putting all of their faith in Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott. Those two are the future and the club won’t sign anyone to get in their way – for now.
Liverpool place faith in two young midfielders
This is an interesting one but it does make a lot of sense for several reasons. For starters, Liverpool don’t necessarily need a big-money midfielder right now as Fabinho, Henderson and Thiago remain at the top of their game. Keita, too, made a lot of progress last season.
And as for the future, we back the belief in Jones and Elliott. Both are incredibly talented but faced remarkably difficult seasons last time out. Elliott had his major injury that ruined his momentum, of course – and he was truly fantastic before that.
Jones, too, had problems. First there was a concussion to start the season, then an eye injury that left him out for an age. On his return, he caught Covid. The Scouser just couldn’t catch a break and it meant he never really established himself.
Like Elliott, his early-season performances became a little forgotten as the team marched towards trophies.
But we believe Liverpool will make a tactical change this season that benefits both players. Darwin Nunez’s arrival hints at more attacking creativity coming from midfield, rather than a False 9 and that should mean attacking midfielders thrive.
It makes complete sense, then, for Jurgen Klopp to back his young duo right now as they could truly establish themselves next season. We know the talent is there – it’s just time to put everything in place.