Paul Merson believes Liverpool will regret their summer transfers. The Reds haven’t bought in the one area he thinks they should have.
Paul Merson wonders if Liverpool have done things wrong this summer. The Reds have signed three players for their first-team but they’ve failed to bring in the one type of player he believes they need.
Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay have come in – but none of them are midfielders. That’s where Merson feels the Reds will regret not making a signing.
“I worry for them in midfield,” Merson told the Daily Star. “They are very reliant on Fabinho.
“Beyond him you’ve got Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Thiago really. I think they are just getting by there with that group, and that’s not really good enough for a club like Liverpool.
“Because the full backs are creating and the forwards are scoring, you don’t notice it so much but it’s not like it used to be. Liverpool’s midfield used to be the key to it all. It was a well-oiled machine that had everything and allowed the rest of the team to function.
“But Henderson is getting on now. Thiago for me is very inconsistent. Milner has been a warrior for them but is 36. And they’ve never been able to rely on Naby Keita.”
Liverpool could regret their summer transfers
We do see where Merson is coming from here, given Liverpool have big question marks over several midfielders. He mentions Thiago and Henderson, both of whom are world-class but rarely stay fit for an entire season. Milner is 36, Keita is very inconsistent and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – who Merson misses out – has always had injury issues.
But we also think this is an overreacted and, if we’re being honest, it’s the same overreaction people have every year with this Liverpool team. They always question the midfield and wonder if the Reds should have done more.
And every single year, it turns out that things are fine. Just last year, in fact, people were certain that Liverpool would miss Gini Wijnaldum gravely and lacked the options to make up for him leaving.
Then the Reds promptly played every single game, winning two competitions and finishing as runners-up in two more.
And on top of it all, there’s a sense that Liverpool don’t want to sign a midfielder as they see their star target available in 2023. Ending up with Jude Bellingham next summer would make the wait more than worth it – especially as we know this group can deliver trophies.