The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are no more than content with their opening to the new campaign.
The Reds faithful propping up the bar were hoping to be firmly established in the top-four at this stage in the season, but they currently sit outside the Champions League places in 6th position. However, barring league-leaders Manchester City, there is very little to separate the sides competing for a place in the top-four which suggests the race for Europe will go down to the wire next May.
With that in mind, Jurgen Klopp will be beginning to work in conjunction with FSG to establish targets who can enable them to compete for the Premier League title next season.
RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita has already agreed to join Liverpool next summer, and according to Tuttosport Liverpool are in the market for another central-midfielder, with Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic firmly on their radar.
The Spanish-born Serbian midfielder has become an integral part of Lazio’s midfield in recent years.
At just 22 years of age, Milinkovic-Savic is one of Europe’s most sought-after midfielders with Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus also reportedly fighting for his signature.
The future of Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson could be in jeopardy if Liverpool are successful in beating the strong competition to lure Lazio’s prize asset to Merseyside.
It is fair to say that Henderson has not begun the season in fantastic form and his lacklustre performances have been duly noted by Liverpool supporters.
Just because Henderson is captain of the club does not make him untouchable, and if Klopp believes the future of the club will be brighter with Milinkovic-Savic and Naby Keita at the centre of his midfield, then Henderson’s days as captain could well be numbered.
Indeed, with the Serbian sitting and Keita running forward from deep, Liverpool could find their best midfield partnership since the glory of days of Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso.
The signing of the Serbian maestro should not end his Liverpool career altogether, but it is unlikely he will retain the captain’s armband in the event of Milinkovic-Savic’s arrival.