The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are expecting huge changes to their midfield line-up this summer, and recent reports have served to intensify that opinion as the season draws to a close.
The arrival of Naby Keita will certainly be one of the headline-making transfers of the summer, but he may not be the only central-midfield player to arrive at Anfield in the coming months. However, the departure of Emre Can will certainly be a notable point of discussion for the resident Reds faithful propping up our bar to deliberate over if he eventually decides to leave Anfield.
Whether Liverpool will require a replacement for Can will certainly form a core component of those discussions, but considering Keita’s qualities are more forward-thinking than the German international’s, it’s likely Jurgen Klopp will need to dip into the market once again. According to The Sun, Liverpool have been informed that Sami Khedira could be interested in a move to Merseyside this summer, so Klopp would certainly be wise to consider signing him to replace Can.
However, the fact that Khedira is 31-years-old should be a deal-breaker for Liverpool. With Man City threatening to dominate the Premier League for seasons to come, it’s important that Liverpool focus on the long-term project first and foremost and, with that being said, they should instead make a bid for another Serie A talent, namely Jorginho of Napoli (valued at £36 million by Transfermarkt).
The Italian international has deservedly gained plenty of plaudits for his performances within a deep-lying play-maker role this season and he has attracted interest from “four of five Premier League clubs” according to his agent in a report by CalcioNapoli24. Jorginho’s quality lies within his ability to dictate the tempo of proceedings with his extensive range of passing and composure in possession, and his style of play is well-suited to Klopp’s counter-attacking philosophy.
With the talent to simultaneously protect the back-four within an anchor role whilst contributing to Liverpool’s attacking play, Jorginho represents a perfect replacement for Can in midfield, and at 26-years-of-age he has his best footballing years still to come. The signing of Khedira would be a decent one for the Reds to conclude, but with regards to the long-term future, Jorginho represents a wiser investment.
Liverpool fans – thoughts? Let us know below!