It is obvi­ous to every­one that Liv­er­pool are fac­ing huge changes in the com­ing off-sea­son. We recent­ly spec­u­lat­ed about who might leave the team this sum­mer. Now it’s time to see who will join the ranks of the Merseysiders.

Attack

Liv­er­pool’s cur­rent results tell us that the team is in decline. It is obvi­ous that the Reds need rein­force­ments in order to stay afloat. Let’s talk about pos­si­ble trans­fers to each line of the game scheme and start with the attack.

As we wrote in the pre­vi­ous arti­cle about Liv­er­pool, Salah will most like­ly remain in the team, which means there is one less prob­lem. How­ev­er, you can’t win tro­phies with Salah alone, so Liv­er­pool needs for­wards. Dar­win Nunez, whom we men­tioned ear­li­er, will most like­ly def­i­nite­ly leave the team. The Uruguayan removed all pho­tos of him wear­ing a Liv­er­pool jer­sey from his social net­works. This sug­gests that Nunez and Liv­er­pool are not part­ing on good terms. So who can replace Dar­win?

Liv­er­pool is designed for a fast game with pres­sure, so we choose a fast for­ward who knows how to play in coun­ter­at­tacks and some­times plays the role of a false nine. Now Klopp’s team has Cody Gakpo stand­ing out well, and Mo Salah is also play­ing at his usu­al good lev­el. Dio­go Jota is con­stant­ly plagued by injuries, but his return is high­ly antic­i­pat­ed. But which poten­tial acqui­si­tion could be sim­i­lar to Jota?

First option — Flo­ri­an Wirtz. It feels like the Ger­man strik­er is an ide­al option for Liverpool’s scheme. He can score, he can assist, he can put pres­sure and he is not afraid to play under pres­sure. Of course, Bay­er will not want to let such a play­er go, since Wirtz is now, in fact, the first fid­dle in Xabi Alonso’s team. If Liv­er­pool wants to sign the young Ger­man, they will have to shell out a con­sid­er­able sum. The 21-year-old play­er’s val­ue is esti­mat­ed at 105 mil­lion euros, but it seems that he will have to pay a lot more for him…

Even after the New Year, there were rumors that Liv­er­pool were active­ly mon­i­tor­ing Fed­eri­co Chiesa. The Juven­tus strik­er has been unable to find his feet in the game this sea­son, and there is a high prob­a­bil­i­ty that the Ital­ian will change his club reg­is­tra­tion. Liv­er­pool looks like the best pos­si­ble option for him, where he can find him­self again. This sea­son Chiesa has only 7 goals, which is not a great result for him. The Ital­ian’s con­tract with Juven­tus expires next sum­mer, so he won’t be so expen­sive to buy. It is now esti­mat­ed at 37 mil­lion, and this amount no longer seems large for mod­ern foot­ball.

Vic­tor Gyok­eres became a real dis­cov­ery of this sea­son. The Swedish foot­baller estab­lished him­self in Sport­ing’s line­up, and then sim­ply began churn­ing out goals in droves. In win­ter they wrote that he was already being hunt­ed. Liv­er­pool are con­sid­ered one of the con­tenders for the star Swedish strik­er. So why not active­ly join the fight for it now? Gyok­eres has scored in almost every match this sea­son. He aver­ages 101 min­utes per goal. The only caveat is that Gyok­eres is not a cre­ative play­er. He’s a bit of a depar­ture from our con­cept, but he still has the poten­tial to become a Liv­er­pool play­er. Despite his impres­sive size, the Swede can run and press, which is very impor­tant for the cur­rent Liv­er­pool.

In the com­ments under the pre­vi­ous text, you men­tioned sev­er­al oth­er poten­tial names, and they are also worth men­tion­ing. This Rafael Leau from Milan and Karim Adeye­mi from Borus­sia. How­ev­er, they will now have to pay a lot of mon­ey for them, and at the moment they are in too good a role in their cur­rent clubs. The same Adeye­mi is fight­ing to win the Cham­pi­ons League. Poten­tial­ly pos­si­ble, but dif­fi­cult to imple­ment options include Vic­tor Osimhen With Leroy Sane.

Midfield

In this aspect, Liv­er­pool do not seem to have any par­tic­u­lar prob­lems. Alex­is McAl­lis­ter has fit into the team well, and Har­vey Elliott has shown great poten­tial this sea­son. Dominik Sza­bos­zlai will not sink below his lev­el. Wataro Endo may not shine, but he also doesn’t fail. The 31-year-old Japan­ese inter­na­tion­al has ele­vat­ed his game under Klopp.

How­ev­er, some trans­fers are still expect­ed. In addi­tion, a new coach always assem­bles a team for him­self. There are a lot of rumors about who Arne Slot would like to see in the Liv­er­pool camp. And the first new mid­field­er could be an Ata­lan­ta play­er Ten Kop­meyn­ers. The man­ag­er has report­ed­ly been prais­ing the mid­field­er’s tal­ent for a very long time. In addi­tion, Com­pein­ers was a tar­get for Liv­er­pool even before the news about Slot. The inter­ests coin­cide, so there will most like­ly be a trans­fer.

As a rule, a coach com­ing to a new club can take with him a cou­ple of play­ers from his pre­vi­ous place of work. Accord­ing to rumors, the arrival of Slot will also be accom­pa­nied by such a trans­fer. Mid­field­er may move from Feyeno­ord to Liv­er­pool Quin­ten Tim­ber. It is report­ed that Tim­ber is one of Slot’s favorite play­ers, so the coach would like to see him at Liv­er­pool. Tim­ber is young, he is only 22 years old, and his val­ue is esti­mat­ed to match his age — 22 mil­lion euros.

Protection

Accord­ing to the lat­est rumors, Vir­gil Van Dijk has decid­ed to stay at Liv­er­pool. If this hap­pens, then the Reds shouldn’t have any prob­lems at all with their defense. Every­thing is sta­ble on the flanks — Andrew Robert­son and Trent Alexan­der-Arnold are among the best play­ers this sea­son, accord­ing to por­tal esti­mates. In the cen­ter there are Van Dijk and Konate, Joel Matip will return after injury. 20-year-old Conor Bradley is improv­ing very well. If Joe Gomez does­n’t leave, then he can give great match­es. I would say that Liv­er­pool is not ask­ing for trans­fers to the cen­ter of defense.

But as for the lat­er­als, there is a feel­ing that Trent and Robert­son lack equiv­a­lent replace­ments. Name­ly, they bear a huge bur­den dur­ing all match­es. Inter’s right-back is now out of con­tract Den­zel Dum­fries. So why not con­sid­er his arrival? Arne Slot is Dutch, so com­pa­tri­ots should get along. As I see it, Dum­fries can eas­i­ly become a Liv­er­pool play­er, and he will also be able to cov­er sev­er­al posi­tions.

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