Deal is set for Liverpool as they sign the best stars

The new Premier League season will commence on August 12, and Liverpool knows its dream line-up for the opening day, with Alexis Mac Allister straight into it.

The Liverpool team’s season-opening enigma is unprecedented in recent memory. There may very well be a brand-new midfield trio. On the other hand, it would take a bold man to wager against Jürgen Klopp fielding the exact same trio who completed the season, even if two more signings—possibly Khéphren Thuram and Manu Koné—follow Alexis Mac Allister out the door.

The potential that Liverpool will buy a center-back before the transfer window closes adds another layer of transfer excitement. This area of the team feels more stable, with a younger player with a high ceiling, although change is always possible.

Even though transfer activity might not happen, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. All of the other forwards have regained fitness since Cody Gakpo was acquired in January, so Klopp may no longer have Roberto Firmino to choose from, but he has a significant decision. Darwin Nez, a possible record signing from last summer, is not necessarily included.

So, on the opening day of the season, what would the ideal Liverpool team look like? Naturally, a lot will depend on preseason, but in a perfect world, deals would have been made early on, giving Klopp plenty of time to integrate his new recruits.

Mac Allister’s contract has already been signed, so unless there are any preseason setbacks, he should definitely play in the season opener. Although he can play in a variety of midfield positions for Klopp, the most intriguing scenario would be to see him in one of the two new “advanced eight” positions that Liverpool’s tactical shift has produced.

The player for position number six is now in doubt. Nobody has written Fabinho off just yet, and when Trent Alexander-Arnold slid in next to him toward the conclusion of the previous campaign, things got better. However, what better way to end the last campaign than to emphasize that the veterans who struggled do not have job guarantees? Koné is accustomed to playing a more defensive role in a midfield three and even performed that duty behind Thuram when he was younger. He should be added right away to provide that option.

A whole new Liverpool midfield would be an option if Thuram were also signed. While it could be tempting to play him, it would be good to bring in a veteran from the current Liverpool midfield since they have all had more experience playing for Klopp. However, this does not necessarily mean that a seasoned player like Thiago or Jordan Henderson must occupy the position; it should be open for competition throughout the preseason. Hopefully Curtis Jones can maintain his strong performance.

The defense should remain the same behind the midfield. It wouldn’t hurt to apply a little more pressure to players like Virgil van Dijk, but he is already the uncontested captain of the defensive unit, and Ibrahima Konaté is now firmly established as his partner. Koné can benefit from Alexander-Arnold’s new hybrid function, while Andy Robertson did well enough at the end of the previous season to keep his new job.

The goal is that Nez can really get going in the preseason by looking up the pitch. He has a history of getting off to a slow start before taking off, and ideally he will soon be setting himself up to do just that.

The presence of Mohamed Salah flanking Nez is a given, health permitting. Luis Dáz, on the other hand, will ideally be able to use the preseason to fully catch up and be ready to take on the Premier League. Gakpo and Diogo Jota would be left out, which would be regrettable, but it is the current state of the Liverpool competition. The motivation to do well during preseason is obvious.

Ideal Liverpool starting XI:

Alisson

Alexander-Arnold

Konaté

Van Dijk

Robertson

Koné

Jones

Mac Allister

Salah

Núñez

Díaz.

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