It’s @AnfieldExpress here again talking about alternatives to Naby Keita and reviewing our transfer window so far.
So, Liverpool’s transfer window so far has been a 6/10 for me. The signing of Mohamed Salah looks extremely promising, given how sharp he’s looked in pre-season and how excellent his link up play with Coutinho has been. But what can the other signings bring to Liverpool?
Andrew Robertson is a very clear signing in my opinion. For £8m in this market with Kevin Stewart going the other way for the same price, it makes sense why we went ahead with it. He’s a 23-year-old actual left-back, which is what we’ve been after for years. Robertson has got bags of pace and potential, while he can defend very well. No disrespect to James Milner, but I think he’ll be back-up to Robertson for the upcoming season.
Dominic Solanke is another one who will surprise a few, he’s looked up for it in pre-season, scoring his first goal against Crystal Palace in the 2-0 win. He looks like a natural striker with a great attitude, even though he won’t get much of a chance this season, I can see him progressing down the years as one of our key players.
As I said, our luck in the transfer market hasn’t been great recently, but there is still hope. With Liverpool looking more and more likely everyday to sign Virgil Van Dijk- a saga that has gone on for far too long. Also, the back and forth scenario on Naby Keita there are alternatives to him.
Jean Micheal Seri
Seri may have around 4 years age difference on Naby Keita, but is a similar player to him in terms of playing style. With 7 goals and 9 assists in a breakthrough season for him in 16/17 with Nice, he looks promising. He’s 26 but valued around £35m- that’s less than half of what Liverpool are willing to pay for Naby Keita.
Sanches has been more or less deemed surplus to requirements at FC Bayern, and they’d be willing to let him go out on loan at AC Milan with an option to buy, But Bayern seem like they would like an offer of around £42m for the 20 year-old Portugal international. He burst onto the scenes after a great Euro 2016 campaign and got a move to Bayern where everyone had high hopes for him. But hasn’t got to that stage yet. He’s got massive potential and could be a bargain in a few years to come.
A winger in mind, but Chamberlain thrives in the central-midfield spot, and is open to leave Arsenal this summer. Chelsea are interested but look set to hand him a RWB spot if they land him. While Klopp is open to playing Chamberlain as a central-midfielder. His versatility is the key, given he can play wing back, as a winger and a midfielder. He played around 1900 minutes for Arsenal last season, getting 7 goals and 8 assists, and being available for as little as £30m, it could be another bargain.
Phillipe Coutinho Saga
The Phillipe Coutinho saga that has went on with Barcelona/PSG for far too long. It’s clear Liverpool don’t want to sell at any price, and it also seems Barcelona are massive on getting him this summer. As Neymar is expected to leave the Nou Camp. While, Coutinho has stated many times of how he wishes to stay with Liverpool, and with us being back in the Champions league after 2 years, it’s vital that we keep that kind of player. Do I see Coutinho going anywhere? No, he’s going to play a huge part this season in the no 8 role. His vision and ability to thread passes through thin gaps is outstanding, given he wants to stay and Klopp doesn’t want to sell, it all adds up.