Liverpool is having the perfect third signing of the season for Jurgen Klopp after Dominik Szoboszlai

Romeo Lavia could be the right replacement for Dominik Szoboszlai as Liverpool’s next acquisition.

Dominik Szoboszlai will become Liverpool’s second summer acquisition after RB Leipzig. After grabbing up Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton for £35 million with a potential increase to £55 million, the Reds have exercised the playmaker’s £60 million release clause to bring him to Anfield.

After a lackluster 2022–23 season, the pair will be a part of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield overhaul, and Liverpool might not be done yet. Manu Kone, Gabri Veiga, Ryan Gravenberch, and Khephren Thuram have all been listed as more midfielders the Merseyside team is interested in.

However, Liverpool is keeping an eye on another player who may be the ideal third acquisition. Romeo Lavia of Southampton is that person. Chelsea and Arsenal are also very interested in him.

The defensive-minded midfielder from Belgium might work well with Mac Allister and Szoboszlai in a new-look trio. Liverpool’s weakest position is at No. 6, where they attempted to acquire Aurelien Tchouameni a year ago before he joined Real Madrid.

Both Jordan Henderson and Stefan Bajcetic are capable of playing there, but the Reds will be careful not to overwhelm the slick Spaniard, whose skills are dwindling at the age of 33, while Bajcetic, who will turn 19 in October. Mac Allister is capable of performing as a No. 6 but has been signed to operate as a No 8.

Lavia, who is only 19 years old, has better physical balance than Bajcetic. Lavia has demonstrated his prowess at the Premier League level despite having less experience than Liverpool often prefers, having made fewer than 50 first-team games.

He excelled and was voted the Southern Daily Echo’s Player of the Year after 29 top-flight matches last season despite Southampton’s relegation. Any team interested in signing the Belgian is anticipated to have to fork over between £40m and £50m.

However, it’s not simply his age and profile that make him a good fit for Klopp and company. With the addition of Szoboszlai, Liverpool will only have one non-homegrown player on their 2023–24 Premier League roster.

 

Additionally, Lavia would not occupy the final position, allowing them to freely sign another player. Alternately, if Liverpool were to purchase Thuram and still be interested in signing a center-back, that defender would need to be a local product or younger than 21.

There must be eight homegrown players in each squad that has a maximum of 25 players. But according to the rules, clubs are also allowed to designate an unlimited number of players who are under 21 and were born on or after January 1, 2002, but who are not included in the 25.

Lavia won’t have to be included on the 25-man roster until 2026–2027 because of his advanced age. He will eventually meet the criteria for homegrown status by that point because he will have spent three seasons registered with an English team prior to turning 21. He spent a year at Manchester City before moving to Southampton.

Liverpool will be acutely conscious they cannot overlook their domestic issue with James Milner gone, Jordan Henderson aging, and the long-term prospects of Joe Gomez, Rhys Williams, Nat Phillips, and Sepp van den Berg uncertain. And given all of his abilities and potential, Lavia might be the best third summer addition.

 

 

 

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