Gabri Veiga signed, four transfers total – Dream Jürgen Klopp squad for Liverpool next season

Liverpool has brought Alexis Mac Allister in so far but more transfers are coming in the next few weeks. What does Jürgen Klopp’s ideal squad look like next season?

With Jürgen Klopp’s team having to significantly improve from last season when the new campaign begins, Liverpool has had plenty of time to think about what the ideal scenario looks like this summer in terms of acquisitions.

Top action starts September 1

After acquiring Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton, Liverpool will need to make additional investments in the following weeks in order to replace Champions League football and the associated profits.

 

What would Liverpool’s ideal, ideal situation look like? The Reds want to do their business much in advance of September 1, even though the window won’t close until then. But what about roles that need to be strengthened and potential candidates who could aid in the process?

Starting with the attacking and goalkeeping units, which in a perfect world would remain unchanged. The only modifications required would be if someone pushed to leave, in which case they would need to be replaced. Both are well stocked and full of high-quality items.

There is a far greater need for sweeping changes in the middle. Two more participants are required even though Mac Allister has already arrived. None of the four midfielders who left the team last season played that many minutes; Mac Allister spent more time in the Premier League than they all did.

In terms of Liverpool’s options, Khéphren Thuram appears to be the best. If the Frenchman and Mac Allister are added, there will be space for a third player who is more of a “project”—someone who can take some time to adjust and eventually replace some of the older stars in the pitch’s center. Gabri Veiga is a talented individual who might fall within that category at a reasonable price.

Also requires improvement is the defense. Micky van de Ven has mentioned a few times that he would be interested in joining Liverpool, and while the Reds are more interested in left-sided center-backs than right-sided ones, having a player who could play both positions would be helpful. Trent Alexander-Arnold is the full-back; Joe Gomez is a whole other kind of full-back.

According to a report from The Athletic, Jurrin Timber of Ajax is a target for Arsenal after the Dutch club turned down an initial $38 million (£30 million/€35 million) deal. However, Liverpool should also be paying close attention to the 21-year-old. Timber might be the best choice both now and in the future.

There aren’t any well-known names in outgoings to capitalize on. With the money that each player may potentially bring in being quite tiny, there is no value in selling either Thiago Alcântara or Jol Matip a year before their contracts expire. In particular, Thiago may be used as a luxury while he is healthy and accessible without having to be counted on every week, so they might as well be preserved.

This is the ideal Liverpool roster for the upcoming season with four transfers, taking into consideration all of those changes and eliminating younger players like Ben Doak and Kaide Gordon from the equation despite the fact that they can and will occasionally join the team to supplement it:

Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Caoimhín Kelleher, Adrián

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jurriën Timber (or another high-ceiling, young, versatile defender), Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konaté, Joël Matip, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, Kostas Tsimikas

Midfielders: Alexis Mac Allister, Khéphren Thuram, Gabri Veiga (or another younger ‘project’ third midfielder), Thiago Alcântara, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Stefan Bajčetić

Attackers: Mohamed Salah, Luis Díaz, Darwin Núñez, Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo

 

With such squad, Liverpool would be well-stocked for the upcoming season and have depth and talent in every position. The players who are still there are more dependable than they were the previous season, and the midfield has also seen a major improvement in quality.

Given that Liverpool is expected to make more moves after Mac Allister in the coming weeks, that sort of revamp would be more than feasible.

 

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