Liverpool supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side make a winning return to the Premier League courtesy of a 3-0 success over Bournemouth on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their meeting with the South Coast outfit off the back of beating Manchester City 2-1 in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final in midweek, thus clinching a remarkable 5-1 aggregate success over the newly-crowned Premier League champions. And the Reds returned to league matters with another convincing victory on Saturday as goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino sealed an easy win over Eddie Howe’s Cherries, thus moving the Merseysiders to within a point of second place Manchester United.
As such, there have been many delighted Liverpudlians in the Tavern in the last couple of days, several of whom are hoping their side can continue their fine recent run of form when they travel to lowly West Brom on Saturday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Reds supporters to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that Monaco are willing to listen to offers for reported target Thomas Lemar this summer.
And while the 22-year-old would likely be a useful addition to Klopp’s squad, the Reds should forget about a move for the Frenchman, and instead seek to lure Chelsea’s £25.2 million-rated outcast David Luiz (as per Transfermarkt) to Anfield, as his arrival would turn them into genuine Premier League title contenders.
Ultimately, while the Liverpool backline has been much-improved in recent times, there remains some question marks over their capabilities over the course of a season, what with the Reds having conceded more goals than any other side currently in the top five.
Virgil van Dijk’s arrival in January has certainly made a big impact on the defensive unit, with Dejan Lovren recently growing into the centre-back we all saw at Southampton, but again doubts remain over his ability to perform at that level throughout the season, given he has failed to do so during his time on Merseyside so far.
Whereas there aren’t any doubts about Luiz’s ability at Premier League level, what with the Brazilian just 12 months ago playing an integral part in helping Antonio Conte’s Chelsea to the title, striking up a wonderful partnership with Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill in the Italian’s back three.
And while Liverpool are unlikely to utilise a back three next term, and as such there are some concerns among our resident Reds fans over Luiz’s ability in a four, the 30-year-old proved to be equally as good defensively last season as he did with the ball at his feet – a far cry away from the Luiz that played for Chelsea between 2011 and 2014.
And while the Blues ace will turn 31 on Sunday, and as such isn’t exactly a nod to the future, there’s little doubting that he has the ability and indeed experience to form a formidable partnership with van Dijk in the heart of their backline – the sort of partnership Liverpool have been missing for a few years now.
Yes, Lemar is a supremely talented forward, but he’s unlikely to take the forward ranks on another level given they are already at an extremely high level – he’d only likely serve as another option, albeit a good one, in the squad.
Yet Luiz could come in and immediately, alongside van Dijk, make the Reds defence even better and more solid than they have been this season, which may just be enough to fire them into Premier League title contention next term.
And with Luiz reportedly facing the axe this summer at Chelsea, it’s a deal Klopp may well be able to strike during the close season.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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