Liverpool’s new additions this summer do come with a negative, says Pep Lijnders. The coach doesn’t want people to ‘forget’.
Liverpool have certainly shaken things up this summer – more than they usually do, anyway. We’ve seen summers recently where nothing happened, after all, and the Reds opted to stick with what they’ve got.
That hasn’t been the case this year, though. Liverpool spent big to sign Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay while letting Sadio Mané, Divock Origi, Neco Williams and Takumi Minamino depart.
Not only that but several young players departed on loan. Some of them, like Conor Bradley and Rhys Williams, have become consistent names in and around the first-team setup. Now they’re elsewhere – and it can bring a problem.
Several young players have already stepped up in their place, for one thing. Stefan Bajcetic has shone in pre-season, as has Isaac Mabaya. They’re now in line to get some senior games this season.
It’s a problem that Pep Lijnders wants to address. With so many new players now making a name for themselves, he doesn’t want to ‘forget’ the ones that came before.
“You know what’s the worst thing about when new players come?” asked Lijnders, per Liverpoolfc.com. “It’s that you forget the old ‘new’ players.
“That’s the good thing we have, that we have so many. So Conor Bradley goes on loan to Bolton, it’s a really important step for him. Then we have Owen Beck, who goes to Famalicao, we have Rhys Williams. The only reason why they go is to come back.”
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It’s an interesting take and one that makes sense from a coaches point of view. Bradley, Beck and Williams trained with Lijnders and co. for a reason – they’re very talented young players.
But Bradley, for example, shows what Lijnders is talking about. Ramsay has arrived to move ahead of him, while Mabaya has taken advantage of opportunities to put his name in the mix. Suddenly, Bradley is facing an incredible fight to ever get in the mix at Liverpool.
Perhaps, though, that’s to be expected. The Reds want to have intense competition for places that allows the best of the best to rise to the top. Liverpool certainly won’t ‘forget’ about the loan players but they’ll have to show that they’re up for this fight.
It won’t be an easy one to win.