New reports that Manchester City want a midfielder will worry Liverpool. The Reds need to make moves in 2023.
The Daily Mail reports that Manchester City want a midfielder and are expected to pursue one next year. That’s not exactly a surprise, of course. City have spent massively on defenders in recent years, while Erling Haaland has their striker spot tied up for a long time to come.
Midfield investment is almost certainly next on their list. Exactly who they’ll go for is unclear – all we know is that they’ll have significant funds to spend on whoever they choose.
And that will unquestionably be a blow to Liverpool.
Manchester City want a midfielder
Liverpool also want a midfielder next year. There’s no doubt about that, with the Reds currently showing a gaping hole in their squad.
Jordan Henderson and Thiago are both now beyond 30 and injury prone. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both out of contract in 2023 and injury prone. James Milner will be 37 by the season’s end. Curtis Jones can’t stay fit and is only 21. Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho are inexperienced kids.
Fabinho is essentially the sold midfielder in his prime years but he plays the holding role. Liverpool don’t have a single reliable option to play either side of him.
Signing Arthur Melo shows that Liverpool do see the need for a midfielder but he’s only on loan. It remains to be seen if they’ll take up an option to sign the Brazilian permanently.
What we do expect, though, is for Liverpool to push for a prominent midfielder next year. They tried for Aurélien Tchouaméni this summer but couldn’t beat Real Madrid in the race. Next up may well be Jude Bellingham.
But any elite midfielder on the market will now have City targeting them. That’s a lot of money to contend with, as well as essentially guaranteed success. At the very least, you’re getting the price-tag driven through the roof for any potential signing.
Liverpool won’t like this, then. They’d much rather be competing in a market without City but the stars are aligning in the wrong way, it seems. If Bellingham truly is the plan for 2023, Pep Guardiola’s side are a major threat.