- Jul 10, 2010
Have you tried just enjoying the squad and players that we have? You always seem to talking about transfers and planning for the next window, inviting criticism by continually going over and over the same ground.Exploring the areas on the pitch and whether we can still improve this amazing squad;
GK; Think, after years of issues with the starter stretching back when Reina lost his form Alisson is the perfect keeper for our needs. We paid what it took and got the best keeper in the world for this team. Adrian was a bit of a surprise out the blue but think we have finally got a good choice back up keeper which is again something we've struggled to have. With talent in the academy or on loan I think we are set for years to come.
CB; On paper we have the best collection of CBs anyone could want. VvD, Gomez, Matip and Lovren (in that order for me) is amazing level of choice. With emergency cover from Fabinho and the academy we have great options and quality. Unfortunately they aren't always available. I'm expecting Lovren to move on and a senior CB to come in. Don't think anyone in the academy will be ready when that happens unfortunately. So a CB, will it be a Klavan style place holder till an academy kid is ready or a real challenger to Gomez and Matip like you could argue Lovren would be if he was more reliable with his fitness?
FB; Got the best starters in the world. Alexander-Arnold and Robertson are both brilliant, young and fit. Probably going to/should continue playing 60-75% of our games as long as not over playing them. Neco Williams and to a lesser extent Larouchi are real prospects and able offer options but too raw to be relied upon yet. Milner is currently a strong option at LB and RB (where the need for him is less with Gomez also an option). Will he continue being an effective back up option here? Does he want to? Those are the questions for those positions and determine if we need a full back who is predominantly a LB option but also an emergency option at RB.
CM; At 6 with Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum (maybe even Grujic, Chirivela and Lallana) we are definitely set. With box to box Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Milner and possibly Grujic I think we are fine. For a more creative option we are looking at Ox, Keita, Lallana, maybe Jones (started that way in FA cup and was really good) along with out of the box options like Shaqiri, Minamino and Wilson that Klopp could use but maybe not likely, hard to tell with Klopp. Here there are a lot of fitness issues and questions over other options suitability, readiness and long term future here. If any CMs come in I expect it to be a more creative number 8 option, even if Wijnaldum did leave, think we would be fine in the deeper roles without him. Not sure I see anyone coming in unless it's too good a chance to turn down or Wijnaldum does leave (which I'm not expecting) but it could happen.
Wings; Like with the fullbacks we potentially have the best partnership in the world with two of the top 5 in the world. Them two each playing 60-75% of our games yet again covers a lot. Young options and possible options like Elliot, Jones and Wilson cover or offer cover a bit too. One consideration is will Klopp see Wilson as an option/ready to play here? And don't want young players having too much responsibility put on them when they are ready. Minamino is an option but seems like he is better for our central positions and Klopp mentioned his skills are a better fit there. That leaves Origi (sometimes an interesting option off the bench but less effective as a starter) and Shaqiri (not a perfect fit) along with players like Ox and Lallana (unconvincingly) playing out of position. So far Salah and Mane seem both tireless and indestructible and I think that makes us look a lot better than I personally think we actually are. I think Shaqiri and Lallana will be moving on. That would lead to an opening for either Wilson or a new player. A player like a Shaqiri or Minamino, just cover? Or an expensive established player as they would be able to get as much game time as Salah Mane? I'd go for the established top player option. I don't see the point of bringing someone in that doesn't improve us. We may as well stick with the likes of Shaqiri or Wlison otherwise.
CF; Firmino and Minamino is the perfect set up. Origi and Salah as our Plan B or when we play 4231 is great. Hopefully Brewster will be an option here soon after a loan or two. Maybe ready to take over if and when Origi goes? There will always be academy hopefuls needing the odd game in the cups too.
So maximum needs are CB (if Lovren goes), LB who can play RB (a 50/50 need for me), offensive/creative number 8 CM (if Wijnaldum goes) and a wide attacker who can play left side and maybe right too.
My choices might be to look at opportunities like Eriksen on a free if Wijnaldum goes or a Klavan style CB if Lovren goes as hopefully one or more of the kids will be ready soon, stick with Milner unless someone like Achraf Hakimi is available and then plow all our funds onto a real world class option up top.
We just beat Everton with a bunch of kids, we just beat Spurs, we just beat José, we just made the best ever start to a league campaign....ever. We have a team full of amazing players, we have players who aren't as good but give everything on the pitch every game, yet I can't remember the last time you just posted about enjoying it.
Don't get me wrong, it has nothing to do with me what are where you post on here. It's just my impression that on a record breaking day, when we go 16 points clear, most people's brains don't immediately go to 'well okay, but where can we improve the squad'.