The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling optimistic about the future of the club after some impressive performances of late…
Jurgen Klopp’s side have begun to show what they’re all about in recent weeks with a series of scintillating attacking displays. The likes of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Philippe Coutinho have been in inspired form for the club, and their performances have given the resident Kopites in the tavern plenty of encouragement for Liverpool’s future aspirations.
Liverpool also seem to have turned a corner with regards to their defensive solidity that has previously been heavily criticised by pundits and fans throughout the season.
The Reds young English defenders Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander Arnold have certainly played their part in Liverpool’s defensive revival, and both players have expressed plenty of confidence in their performances this season.
However, the performances of Liverpool’s academy products haven’t staved off rumours linking the club with defensive acquisitions across Europe.
Liverpool were recently linked with their former hero and FC Barcelona employee Javier Mascherano in The Daily Mirror, but the club’s hopes of landing the Argentine suffered a blow earlier this week when MundoDeportivo stated that he is holding out for a move to the Chinese Super League in January.
Mascherano’s preference for a move to Asia should encourage the Liverpool hierarchy to re-think their transfer strategy and focus on developing the youth players in the squad.
At the age of 33, Mascherano does not represent a forward-thinking transfer despite his obvious appeal after a hugely successful career in Catalonia.
Liverpool’s rising stars Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez have proven that they are capable of stepping up the plate at a young age, and their development will only serve to boost the club’s aspirations for the future.
If Liverpool wish to improve their defensive quality, they should focus on enhancing the young talent that is already available at the club and seek signings from elsewhere who, unlike Mascherano, are within their prime.
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