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Jurgen Klopp provides honest squad verdict ahead of busy transfer window



Jurgen Klopp provides honest squad verdict ahead of busy transfer window


German manager Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool has the perfect combination of youth and experience for a successful future despite their failures in the Premier League and Champions League this season

The Reds manager has admitted there would be changes in the playing XI this summer as the Anfield recruitment team plans for a much-needed midfield makeover.

Liverpool might miss out on Champions League qualifying for the first time since 2016 as they presently sit fifth in the Premier League rankings, four points behind Manchester United despite having played one fewer game.

However, the club’s recruitment staff has been working hard behind the scenes to arrange summer signings, with Brighton and Argentina star Alexis Mac Allister emerging as a major transfer target despite their unclear European future.

On the other hand, the Reds’ vice-captain James Milner will leave the club this summer. He spent an illustrious eight-year tenure at Merseyside in which he captured every major trophy.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, and Arthur Melo are all expected to to leave when their contracts expire at the end of June.

After deciding to drop their interest in Jude Bellingham, Liverpool are reportedly in the market for at least two midfielders. They are keeping tabs on Chelsea stars Conor Gallagher and Mason Mount to solve their midfield woes.

Klopp claimed that despite plans to make changes to specific parts of the roster, his team already has the best foundation for a promising future. As reported by the Liverpool Echo, he said:

“I love this team, honestly. It’s a really good group. Yes, we will change slightly, that’s clear, but the basis is absolutely great.”

“Age-wise the basis is great. Up-front, last line. Yes, midfield we have super young talents there as well. There is everything there that you need, to have a really positive and optimistic view of it.”

Liverpool have lacked quality players since their title winning season a few years back. Many of their first team players lack the enthusiasm to play and the club needs fresh legs in midfield to get them back to their best.

For now, the club will aim to enter the top four of the Premier League and then plan a good pre-season with the team. Liverpool defeated Brentford by a 1-0 scoreline as Mohammed Salah scored the lone goal of the match.

Wins like these would help them keep up the pressure on their rivals.


Liverpool’s forgotten man hoping for”option to say goodbye”after transfer disaster

Midfielder Arthur Melo arrived at Liverpool on loan from Juventus in September, but the Brazilian has not proved the solution to Jurgen Klopp’s midfield problems

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He may have been dubbed a flop since joining Liverpool – but Arthur Melo still wants the chance to make a farewell Anfield appearance for the Reds.

After falling out of favour at Juventus, the Brazilian star was signed on loan by Jurgen Klopp in September, as a potential solution to their well documented midfield issues. The initial loan fee was £3.9 million, with an option of a permanent move for £32.4 million at the end of the campaign.

But it’s almost inconceivable that Klopp will utilise that option, with Melo restricted to just a single substitute appearance since his move – a 13 minute cameo in the 4-1 Champions League in Napoli. And the fitness problems that have since plagued the 26-year-old have seen him dropped to the Liverpool under 21s squad in order to get game time.

It’s been a brutal fall from grace for Melo, who was hailed as a future star of world football when he signed for Barcelona from Gremio in 2018 in a deal potentially worth £35 million. After impressing in his first two seasons in Catalonia, ‘The Old Lady’ came calling with a £64 million bid, only for Melo to find himself surplus to requirements in Turin after just 42 appearances in two Serie A campaigns.

But Melo is bullish after his imminent return to Juventus, and he still hasn’t given up of hope of making a mark in England in the coming weeks: “Next season I see it with good eyes,” he told GOAL. “It will be decisive in my career and I am working very well. I’m looking forward to showing this new version of Arthur.

“Hopefully I have an option to say goodbye in Liverpool by playing something. To say goodbye to my team-mates, the technical committee and the fans, who have been very good to me.”

Arthur Melo has struggled to make any impact at Liverpool



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Indeed, Melo doesn’t appear to hold any grudges over his lack of game time, and certainly not towards the manager: “Since I arrived, Klopp has treated me really well. It is an honour for me to work with Jurgen. He is one of the best coaches in the world, he has always spoken well of me, he is someone incredible and the treatment has always been really good, elegant and special.

“The fact of being able to train with someone like him always gives you a lot as a player and I’m sure it’s useful for what’s to come because you learn a lot from him. Now that I’m recovered, I would obviously like to be able to play more, but I can understand that the situation now is different from what happened when I arrived.”

Despite previous speculation that Klopp was set to cut Melo’s loan spell short proving unwarranted, it does now appear unlikely at the 2019 Copa America winner will be thrown in at the deep end given Liverpool’s recent resurgence. With just three Premier League games to play this month, Klopp’s side are now firmly back in the race for a top four finish after their win over Brentford on Saturday, sitting fifth and just a point off rivals Man United.

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