Daniel Jones takes a look at the potential line up that Liverpool could play next season in the 2017/18 Premier League season.
The variety of options Jurgen Klopp has for the new 2017/18 season is much better than last year and will definitely help us push on from last year. But how is the German going to set up with the new signings of Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and the potential signings of Naby Keita and Virgil Van Dijk?
A front three of Mane LW, Firmino ST and Salah RW
After playing from the right for AS Roma, Salah has had a very impressive season managing to score 19 goals 15 assists for the club. This means that, Klopp may decide to keep the Egyptian in his more natural position. This would mean that Sadio Mane would switch to the left which he has done before playing for RB Salzburg. This front three is something that Liverpool have lacked in years as it now has bags of pace and skill in attack.
Phillipe Coutinho LCM, Emre Can CDM, Naby Keita RCM
This is by far one of the most exciting projects in the midfield three. Coutinho will pull the strings in the games especially against the lesser teams of the Premier League, something that we struggled all season. While, Naby Keita will do the same but will be a lot more direct in his running and passing meaning that we will be able to break down two banks of 4 against the smaller teams. Naby Keita would be a very good addition to the team with the Guinea midfielder playing 32 times scoring 8 goals, with an average of 45.9 passes a game. While Emre Can will sit deep and stops any counter attacks from happening. By far this midfield 3 is what the supports want and rightly so.
Robertson LB, Virgil Van Dijk CB, Joel Matip CB, Nathaniel Clyne RB
With the signing of Andrew Robertson done, its all ready a great upgrade on our team. Robertson showed great potential at left back last season playing for a struggling Hull City side. Robertson is very quick and can cross a ball very well, something that we lacked under James Milner. Virgil Van Dijk would also contribute massively to our weakened defence because he is very calm on the ball and is regarded as one of the best centre backs in the league. While, a partnership with Joel Matip would be very useful as that should be the end of the leaky defence. Nathaniel Clyne is very good defensively however struggles going forward. Clyne will need to improve this season from the up and coming start Alexandar Arnold.
As it stands, Simon Mingloet looks like the clear favourite for this position as he surprised many towards the end of the season with constant clean sheets and looked like a top goal keeper towards the end of the season. If Simon keeps to a high standard then he will be Liverpool’s no 1 for many years to come. Loris Kauris and Danny Ward look like they will feature in cup games.
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