Liverpool set for a quiet summer – Midfielders

Jurgen Klopp

Today, we continue our look at the Liverpool squad and just how well-equipped the Merseyside club is to launch another title challenge in 2019/20.

Yesterday, we examined the defensive area of the squad. Now it’s time to look at the midfielders at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal.

Midfielders

Fabinho – after a very gradual introduction to first-team football in England, Fabinho has gone on to prove himself to be a top-level defensive midfielder who was pivotal in The Reds’ Champions League success this season.

James Milner – at 33, James Milner is certainly in the twilight years of his career. However, the former Leeds and Aston Villa man is a model professional who knows how to look after his physique. He may have at least one good year left in him at Anfield.

Jordan Henderson – Liverpool’s European Cup-winning captain, Jordan Henderson proved a lot of people wrong over the last 10 months. Many thought he would be on his way out of the club after the arrivals of Naby Keita and Fabinho but Henderson has shown that his self-belief and fighting spirit are second-to-none.

Gini Wijnaldum – the Dutch international is now twice the player he was upon his arrival from Newcastle United in 2016. Wijnaldum’s development under Klopp has been exceptional and he can be the perfect midfielder on his day for The Reds.

Naby Keita – Keita suffered an unfortunate injury late in the season, just as he was beginning to show what he was capable of for Liverpool. Expect much more from the Guinean international in 2019/20.

Adam Lallana – England international Adam Lallana has disclosed that he will not be leaving Anfield this summer. His intention is to stay and fight for his place in Jurgen Klopp’s first team.

Xherdan Shaqiri – after a promising start, Shaqiri seemed to disappear into the background last season for Liverpool. His future is unclear although the player himself has said he intends to stay on at Anfield.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – the former Arsenal midfielder, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, was only back to full fitness at the end of the season. He suffered a devastating knee injury in the Champions League semi-final against Roma in April 2018. How he recuperates after a full pre-season training programme under his belt will be very interesting as he has the ability to be one of the first names on Jurgen Klopp’s teamsheet next season.

With those eight midfielders already on the books, along with the likes of Harry Wilson returning from his loan spell at Derby County, it’s hard to see Klopp and his backroom team spending big on any additions this summer.

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