Liverpool may have lost the Champions League trophy to Real Madrid but they are looking forward. The Reds seem to have taken the defeat in a positive manner and have already strengthened their midfield to a great extent in the ongoing transfer window.
Having secured a deal for Naby Keita, Liverpool have also signed Fabinho. The former AS Monaco star is an excellent defensive midfielder, who is expected to be a great fit because of his physicality and playing style.
Liverpool are also on the course of completing a deal for Nabil Fekir, who will provide an added goal threat from the midfield. His presence could lessen the burden on the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
A midfield trio comprising Fekir, Keita and Fabinho sounds fantastic, to say the least. They should also provide better results when compared to Liverpool’s current options like James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.
However, that is not enough to win the league. Liverpool are still in need of a new goalkeeper and a centre-back.
Granted, Liverpool’s defence has improved drastically since the arrival of Virgil Van Dijk, the personnel just aren’t good enough to lead the Reds to Premier League glory.
Dejan Lovren was inconsistent last season and although he showed signs of improvement, the player doesn’t always inspire confidence. Meanwhile, Ragnar Klavan is injury-prone and he has not done much to impress. Joel Matip was among Liverpool’s most consistent defenders in the recently concluded campaign but going forward, he should be used as a rotation player.
The fact that Liverpool are in dire need of a new centre-back was evident in their semi-final matches against AS Roma in the Champions League. Despite leading comfortably in both legs, the Liverpool defence collapsed and gifted Roma two late goals.
Those errors could’ve easily cost the Reds their place at the Champions League final, had it not been for the outstanding attack.
Virgil van Dijk needs a reliable partner, someone who can even push him to the limits and cover for him when he makes a mistake. In a short span of six months, the Dutchman has settled in and worked his magic but Klopp must prioritize signing a new centre-back this summer.
James Tarkowski and Jamal Lascelles are the names currently being linked to Anfield and either one of them would be a good option to partner van Dijk.