Liverpool, as the reigning champion of the Premier League, will fight to retain its title this year and things have started well with a difficult win against Leeds and an easier one against Chelsea. Right now, Liverpool have an abundance of 21+ years old fringe players who might be released or sold:
- Loris Karius (Goalkeeper)
- Caoimhin Kelleher (Goalkeeper)
- Nathaniel Phillips (Central Defender)
- Marko Grujic (Central Midfielder)
- Xherdan Shaqiri (Right Winger)
- Ben Woodburn (Left Winger)
If this is done, then Liverpool will have the luxury of adding one additional good player to the team following the arrivals of Thiago Alcantara (Central Midfielder), Kostas Tsimikas (Left Defender) and Diogo Jota (Left Winger). For me, it looks like Liverpool needs a new central defender and I believe that Lukas Klostermann would be a great choice:
Lukas Klostermann is a full German international and has been playing at RB Leipzig since 2014. RB Leipzig also have Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konaté in central defence. Lukas is a Central Defender but can also play as a Right Defender or a Left Defender (similar to Joe Gomez). He is 24 years old.
If Nathaniel Phillips is sold and if Lukas Klostermann is bought, Liverpool would have Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and him as established Central Defender with Sepp van den Berg (who is still under 21) providing some cover if needed. And, of course, Fabinho can also play in defence.
I wonder whether Lukas Klostermann is on Liverpool’s radar. I would hope so.