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.
Livepool FC is the Premier League champions.
This is a great opportunity for the team to further strengthen itself by investing in top players who can immediately start contributing to the first team.
At the same time, it is also an opportunity to question whether some of the young players but who are now 20+ really have a future in the team?
I am thinking of players such as Loris Karius, Marko Grujic, Nathaniel Phillips, Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo, Taiwo Awoniyi, Ovie Ejaria, Joe Hardy, Herbie Kane, Caoimhin Kelleher, Kamil Grabara, Tony Gallacher, Liam Millar, Anderson Arroyo, Ben Woodburn, Adam Lewis and Liam Coyle.
Sure, some can aspire to become a Liverpool first team player one day but I do have some concerns for some others. Klopp will have to decide.
I understand from what I have read online that Liverpool needs to sell before buying. We’ll see.
Up to now, Liverpool has confirmed that the following players have left or are going to leave soon: Andy Lonergan, Daniel Atherton, Shamal George, Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Nathaniel Clyne, Abel Rodrigues, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Isaac Christie-Davies and Pedro Chirivella.
Who knows who will join the club this year?