Liverpool have had a great start to the season. In fact, Jurgen Klopp’s men have been faultless thus far, and nobody can have any doubts about their title credentials after their first four games. Despite not really being competitive at the top of the table for a few years, the Reds have really taken the league by storm thus far.
There is one area, though, that still retains a certain amount of uncertainty – the midfield.
Though Naby Keita has made a brilliant start to the season, his long-term partners are still unclear. The likes of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner have been in and out of the team thus far and over the last few months, whilst Fabinho is yet to get a look-in.
Defensively they’ve been stellar, and offensively it’s been a case of the same old lethal Liverpool – but it’s hard to look at the Anfield midfield and see Klopp’s current options being long-term solutions.
Fortunately, Klopp does have options, and with a few changes in the midfield, Liverpool could be unstoppable.
With Keita firmly established, Fabinho is the obvious place to start. The Brazilian was brilliant for Monaco last season, and he emerged as undoubtedly one of Europe’s best defensive midfielders. He’s a brilliant tackler and passer, and he’d offer some much-needed quality through the midfield. Last season, for all of their offensive flair, the defence was an issue for Liverpool. They’ve brought in extra quality to fix that issue, but it’s hard to say for certain that they are a solid defensive unit yet. Fabinho, then, would help put them closer to that.
Having moved over the summer, he’s been held on a tight leash thus far, and that could work out very well for him. He’s slowly been introduced to the fold, and that should allow him for less of a baptism of fire.
However, Klopp shouldn’t stop at only Fabinho. The Reds could also do with a bit more creativity, and perhaps Xherdan Shaqiri could come in there. Though perhaps best suited to a role on the flanks, the Swiss has all the required quality to make up for the lack of Coutinho’s presence in the midfield. He’s a brilliant passer and dribbler, and he’s able to make magic when the ball is at his feet.
Whilst players like Wijnaldum and Henderson offer a lot going forward, neither offer the quality on the ball that Shaqiri does, and so that could be tremendous for the Reds.
Minor adjustments could make all the difference for Liverpool this season, and with these two changes, Liverpool will be flying.
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