- Apr 29, 2008
2 full backs, and 2 forwards = 4. Add in possible further replacements for any departing CB or GK. If you are binning off Milner (our back up RB and LB) then we most definitely need full backs coming in along with a replacement midfielder. If you are proposing on moving any other midfielder (such as Hendo) out to afford a more expensive signing then you arent adding any quality depth to the squad. If you can identify a player capable of switching with the front 3 and with midfield, then great but they have to be able to graft like Milner.Why would we need 4 or 5 players in defence and attack 2 attackers with a mix of striker winger and striker AM and a CB is only 3 players in for Sturridge Origi and Lovren midfield could still be improved dramatically.
We may have about £30-40m coming from our usual summer budget, about another £40m already earmarked from sales (Ings and Solanke), possibly another £50-60m from the money that wasnt spent on Fekir (if this hasnt already been spent on improved contracts). We're losing Studge, Moreno for free and could be set to lose both Origi and Clyne for about £10m each. Beyond that most players you want moving out will lead to us having a higher cost to replace them with unless we strike it lucky in offloading some of the younger players not deemed good enough to play for the first team.
Rabiot is still going to cost more in wages than Milner and will require a healthy sign on fee. It is also pretty unlikely in my opinon Klopp would want him given the comments he has made publically over the last few years. If i remember correctly, Rabiot wants to play as an attacking midfielder, but has often been asked to play a deeper role as he doesnt get the numbers further forward (and which has led to some of his outbursts). That doesnt sound like a player Klopp would be keen to bring in.Transfer fee would not be an issue to replace milner as Rabiot is out of contract so would be a similar deal to Milner himself when we signed him difference being Rabiot is 23 not 29. Many ways for Klopp to improve the very thing that is causing issue in this team and to say it is not an issue is just poor.
It's not poor. You are inflating a minor problem. If it was such an issue, we wouldnt be top of the league or favourites to reach at least the semi finals of the CL this season. It would make more sense to allow Milner to have one more season and then plan for an extensive midfield rebuild that summer.
Our problem is not that we havent been creating chances against low blocking teams, but our forward line are profligate with some of those chances, and we havent been given the penalties that we should have in some of those games. We've scored against most of them. We've also been playing without our two primary attacking mids for most of the season. Unless they are not going to be around next season, i dont see it as an area of immediate need and any midfield spot that comes up will probably be for a younger player to get some experience.We get nothing like the goals and assists we should be getting from our midfield and this is why we struggle when our attacking 3 are either not on it or a team is so well organised it blocks their ability to be dangerous. We end up dominating a game while looking toothless and this needs to stop. We need more than one way of playing.
City have likewise been struggling to score despite having a much more creative midfield than us - and if it wasnt for a few dodgy decisions in their favour, they would be much further behind us points wise.
Teams dont make us play narrow. We do so because thats how we are set up, with a narrow forward line and a narrow midfield. Our team is set up differently to other comparable teams so we shouldnt expect our players to be scoring as many goals from midfield as they do.All well and good having 2 of the best wing backs on the planet creating everything but when teams make us play narrow we have nothing creative there.