Graeme Souness is adamant Liverpool need a creative midfield option if we’re to truly challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Our former midfielder and manager was discussing Jurgen Klopp’s side on Monday Night Football last night – and while impressed with our start to the campaign – reckons we lack the kind of playmaker at Pep Guardiola’s disposal.
“I think [concern about midfield] is how Jurgen sees it as well. He signed two midfield players this summer, and went for Nabil Fekir from Lyon as the third. That tells you he thinks he needs to strengthen,” he began.
“I think that’s what it is. They have three real workaholics in there, but I don’t think they’ve got anyone in there who is really cute and clever, like a David Silva or a Kevin De Bruyne. But these are hard players to find.”
On current evidence, it would suggest Souness is right. Versus Huddersfield last time out, Klopp selected a midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Adam Lallana, who made very little and failed to link with our attack.
Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum have strength and dynamism, but are not necessarily renowned for their guile, while Naby Keita’s slow start to the campaign has been emphasised by niggling injury problems.
We believe that once Keita integrates himself into the side, and the frontline starts playing with the vibrant confidence they began to around this time last season, Liverpool will be as creatively impressive as they are at the back.
If we’re joint top of the table at the moment, with these supposed problems, we’re incredibly hopeful over what will happen when our world-class forwards start taking games by the scruff of the neck again.