Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness has suggested he thinks Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to make wholesale changes to his midfield this summer.
We’ve been active in that area, bringing in Fabinho and Naby Keita despite already having Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when he returns.
Souness, however, points to the links with Nabil Fekir and believes Klopp must want something different from his midfield players after signing two new ones and attempting to get a third.
The Scot believes this is a big risk given the energy the aforementioned players provide to the side, and the fact that Fabinho, Naby and Fekir don’t have Premier League experience, coming from less competitive leagues.
‘I find it really interesting that Jurgen Klopp has bought two midfielders, Naby Keita and Fabinho, and also tried to sign a third — Nabil Fekir. That tells you he’s not happy with his midfield unit and feels he can get more quality in there,’ he told the Times.
‘That is something that he will have to man-manage carefully because Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Jordan Henderson are all really solid sorts.
‘He maybe feels they haven’t got enough goals or killer passes in their armoury and is swapping their endeavour and energy for a bit more class, but will he get the same energy and intensity to win the ball back? It will be a far more physically demanding league than the ones they are coming from.’
He raises a pretty valid point, but at the same time we obviously need something different in that area and haven’t truly replaced Philippe Coutinho yet, which is what Fekir would do.
Plus, with Milner and Wijnaldum looking so good yesterday, there seems little worry about them completely losing their places any time soon.