The anticipation is building ahead of the summer transfer window for the Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern. There is a lot of football still to play this season, including a potential Champions League final, but next season has the potential to be even better than this year – provided that the Reds have a good summer.
They’ve done excellently to bring in some of Europe’s best players over the last year or two, and another season in that ilk could place them firmly alongside Man City as favourites for the Premier League title next season.
One area that could do with a bit of improvement ahead of next season is the midfield. Naby Keita is set to join this summer, but who will partner him is markedly less certain. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain doesn’t provide much in the way of defensive duties, and Jordan Henderson is as divisive as ever.
This summer, then, bringing in a player like Ruben Neves, who is rated at £13.5 million by Transfer Markt, could make perfect sense.
Neves is by no means a defensive player, but he does offer more in that regard than Oxlade-Chamberlain. His positioning, tackling ability and consistency makes him a real force through the midfield, and he’d arguably be unstoppable next to Keita next season.
In addition to his decent defensive qualities, Neves, of course, excels going forward. A technically gifted midfielder, he’s brilliant with the ball at his feet, with a fantastic range of passing and solid dribbling making him a real menace when facing the opposition goal.
On top of that, he’s also got a brilliant eye for a finish, and his threat from set pieces is arguably one of his most impressive traits. He’s scored 6 goals in the league so far this season.
The young Portuguese midfielder has an incredibly bright future ahead of him, and our landlord is backing him to be the perfect partner for Keita next season – if Liverpool can land him.
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