James Pearce firmly believes that Liverpool will look to bring in midfield reinforcements during the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Liverpool’s midfield ageing
Jurgen Klopp has put together a remarkable Reds team this season, one which still has a mathematical chance of winning an unprecedented quadruple in the coming weeks.
While Liverpool’s midfield is currently littered with brilliance, from Fabinho to Thiago, it is also the area of their squad which perhaps requires the most immediate attention.
James Milner (36), Jordan Henderson (31) and Thiago (31) are all into the latter part of their respective careers, while the likes of Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turn 29 later this year.
The Latest: Pearce expects summer signing
When asked by a reader about possible Liverpool signings in the summer, the journalist replied:
“I’m not aware of interest in De Jong. However, I do expect LFC to reinforce that midfield area of the squad. Obviously, Carvalho is coming in. He will officially become a LFC player on July 1. There is certainly interest in Tchouameni. Big talent. But price tag could be an issue and Real Madrid also very keen. Be interesting to see what happens with that one.”
The Verdict: Simply has to happen
Long-term planning is the key under Klopp, ensuring that Liverpool don’t rest on their laurels, which is precisely why fresh legs are needed in midfield.
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While the Reds have still excelled in that area this season, there will come a point where changes will need to be made in order for multiple players not to go past their peak together.
Monaco starlet Aurelien Tchouameni appears to be Liverpool’s main transfer target in midfield, judging by Pearce’s reply above, and he would tick so many boxes. The 22-year-old would be a long-term asset at Anfield and is capable of thriving in both a number six and a number eight role.
Signing the Frenchman would feel significant – he enjoyed a 90.9% pass completion rate for his nation in their World Cup qualifying campaign – potentially taking the Reds up yet another gear if they can lure him to Merseyside.
In other news, Liverpool want to offer one player a new contract. Find out who it is here.
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