Liverpool’s season could hardly have started any better; unbeaten and eight points clear in the Premier League and through to the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners.
They face a hectic fixture schedule in December as they attempt to maintain their place at the top of the league, while also entering the latter stages of the Carabao Cup and Club World Cup.
Having a big squad could be more important than ever as they chase a first title since 1990, so Jurgen Klopp may be tempted into the transfer market for reinforcements – like Takumi Minamino.
Considering that, here are three members of his current squad who are arguably under pressure to deliver in order to make the German rethink things:
A hero of their sixth Champions League success, Origi has become the first attacking reserve for Klopp. He’s been a really effective stand-in and substitute this season, scoring five and assisting one; a direct goal contribution rate of one every 112.8 minutes.
However, the Reds continue to be linked with Timo Werner, who has been in top form for RB Leipzig this season, scoring 20 goals already this season. If Liverpool were to add an elite goalscorer through the middle to their already potent attack, it could spell trouble for Origi, who would find his playing time further reduced. Undoubtedly, the Belgian needs to maintain his form to persuade Klopp to ditch any potential pursuit for Werner.
The Croatian has had a resurgence in his Liverpool career this season, taking advantage of injuries to other players to re-establish himself in the team. Joel Matip hasn’t played since the draw with Manchester United in October, and Lovren has started every following game. He’s pushed above Joe Gomez in the pecking order, but that does put the pressure on him to continue performing with it being so close to January.
With Matip having his injury problems, if he flatters to deceive, Lovren could find Klopp sneaking into the transfer market.
The Swiss international has been extremely limited in his game time this season, spending just 118 minutes on the field, 90 of which came in the 5-2 win over Everton. With Liverpool’s fixture list intensifying in December, Shaqiri will likely have more opportunities to impress. However, if he is to have a future at Anfield, he needs to make use of his time, as the links to other attackers like Jadon Sancho won’t disappear.
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