- Mar 6, 2006
I think the catch with the two you mention Sancho and Hudson-Odoi is that wherever they go they will want significant playing time - its arguably why Sancho left England, and why Hudson - Odoi wants out of Chelsea.The more I think on it the more I think the best idea for attacking players is to go young.
Players good now but still developing and potentially world class.
We have Salah, Firmino and Mane who are all brilliant and shouldering the pressure of our attack needing to perform.
They can't play all games though because even if never injured or suspended we play in 4 comps and they need rotating to keep them fresh and in form.
Hopefully those 3 will be the foundation of our attack for at least 2 more seasons maybe between 3-5 seasons even.
Using guys like Wilson, Woodburn and Brewster as developing young talents that can do a job for us to bulk out the squad means we really don't need to rely on squad filler types. With the game time those kids would get maybe one or two might even kick on like Alexander-Arnold and Gomez did.
But we are still an option or two short on quality players who can properly rotate with our main three without too much of a drop off in quality. They'll get lots of playing time still but players in their prime might be a little more reserved about entering that situation.
We might get some players in their prime wanting a chance at redemption like Shaqiri or (worse) a decent enough player who is happy to just have an easy role at a big club for a decent pay packet.
Or we could go for an older veteran who has done it all before, wanting one last glorious stint at top level but maybe willing to just accept not being automatically on the team sheet week in week out anymore as they know they need plenty of rest. Suarez is the obvious suggestion here.
But with Klopps reputation for trusting and developing young players I think the opportunity is there to really push the boat out for the likes of Hudson-Odoi or Sancho.
If we brought a player or two like that in the pressure would be off them whilst they develop from a good young player to a true world class star under Klopps tutelage. They'd be useful to us during that time but when one of Salah, Mane or Firmino eventually do leave we'd have a world class player or two breaking through taking their place any way.
It'd probably be the best attack in the world (or close to it) next year if the options for our front 4 were Salah, Mane, Firmino, Ox, Sancho/Hudson-Odoi, Brewster, Shaqiri and Wilson/Woodburn. If we could land Sancho and Hudson/Odoi somehow over this summer and next whilst keeping our current front 3 and Brewster we'd be unstoppable.
With Mane/Firmino/Salah - they play a lot of minutes and also have engines that don't require to much rest or rotation.......so unless we changed formation to include them they would proabaly not be the nailed on starter they would be looking for in a move.
That said I think you are right - based on our current starting three all now at thier peak but heading into their late 20's, looking at younger players with big potential upside and a chance to have a succession plan is the right way to go.