Liverpool’s team is impressing at the moment, and that’s no surprise. Jurgen Klopp has built a tremendous team with a fantastic mix of defence and attack and youth and experience, and that bodes well for their title hopes this season. However, what should really worry rivals is the potential team that Jurgen Klopp could call on in a few years.
Not only is Liverpool’s squad fantastic, there is also more young players than many other teams, meaning that the Reds are only going to get better for the next few years at the very least.
Sure, in five years time, some of Liverpool’s current crop of players may be past their best, but there are a few on the production line and that means that Klopp always has someone new to turn to. Indeed, you could even argue that Liverpool’s potential team in five years is even better than the one available to him right now.
But what could that team potentially look like?
Fortunately, between the sticks, Liverpool shouldn’t have anything to worry about for the next few years. Alisson has come in and has, for the most part, looked pretty good. It’s important to note that he’s just 25-years-old, and so he’s going to continue developing for the next 3 or 4 years at least, and only then will he be at his peak. The prospect of him getting even better is a wonderful one for Liverpool.
In the defence, Klopp has curated a young quartet, and provided that everything goes well, they could still be around in 5 years. Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will be 29 and 24 respectively, and that means that they’ll both be enjoying the best periods in their careers. For Liverpool, then, that’s not an area that they need to worry about. Joe Gomez has emerged as a great option this season, and at 26-years-old in five years, his best years are ahead of him, too. Virgil van Dijk would be a senior member of the defence at 32-years-old, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of John Terry and others over the years. He’s fit and healthy, and so he will bring some much-needed experience.
In the midfield, new duo Naby Keita and Fabinho have been brought in with an eye to the future, and you’d expect Klopp to build the team around them going forward. They could be joined by Roberto Firmino. Firmino is now a forward, but he’ll be 31-years-old in five years, and so by that point, he may be more suited to a deeper role, like Wayne Rooney at Man Utd. His passing range and technique make him a prime candidate for this position anyway, and so it could be a perfect fit.
Liverpool fans will be hoping that Mohamed Salah is still at the club in 5 years, given how good he is, and he’ll no doubt be continuing to fire at 31-years-old. He’s got tremendous technical ability which should help counteract any loss in pace. Sadio Mane, meanwhile, is so heavily reliant on his pace that he may not be so fortunate. He may lose that and lose a part of his game as a result. In Ben Woodburn, though, Liverpool would have a perfect solution. He’s still a teenager, and he’s impressed for club and country in recent years.
Leading the line could be young Rhian Brewster. Brewster is undoubtedly one of Europe’s brightest young talents, and he has made headlines over the years for his lethal goalscoring ability. If he continues to develop, he’s a surefire Liverpool star.
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