Liverpool faced, and came through, their toughest test of the Premier League season so far at the weekend.
The Reds have won all four of their opening fixtures for the first time in the Premier League era and currently sit at the top of the table ahead of Chelsea on goal difference. Despite being undefeated, Liverpool are yet to reach their top gear this season but still have conceded just one goal. They faced Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday, avenging last year’s 4-1 hammering.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be boosted with the latest injury news emerging from North London. Dele Alli sat out the visit due to a hamstring injury sustained on England duty while captain Hugo Lloris also missed it due to a thigh problem.
Klopp invested heavily in the playing squad during the summer but saw a move for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir fall through. The German is willing to spend big in January for the right player so should be keeping tabs on Lazio superstar – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Serbian enjoyed a fantastic season in the Serie A which resulted in his valuation skyrocketing to £81m according to Transfermarkt.
The 23-year-old established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world last season after netting 14 goals and registering eight assists in all competitions. A goalscoring midfielder would be perfect for Klopp’s 4-3-3 system, and Milinkovic-Savic has all the right attributes to be the ideal partner for Naby Keita in the engine room. Klopp would be wise to cut his losses with Lallana and try everything to bring the youngster to Anfield.
Milinkovic-Savic is immensely strong meaning adapting to life in the Premier League shouldn’t be an issue. Averaging 1.6 tackles per game last season, he doesn’t neglect his defensive duties as well as being an attacking threat. The Serbia international averaged 1.5 key passes per game as well as completing 1.5 dribbles which shows he could provide even more goals for Liverpool’s forward trio (WhoScored).
Should Milinkovic-Savic decide to leave, former Liverpool hero Lucas Leiva is currently at Lazio and could help Liverpool beat competition from all around Europe for his signature. He would be expensive, but it would be worth breaking the bank to bring him to Merseyside.
Liverpool fans, thoughts?