In their final game of the 2022–23 season, Liverpool U21s defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 on Saturday.
The Reds won the match in the capital thanks to a goal from James McConnell at the hour mark, giving them the Premier League 2 victory.
In addition to making it three straight victories and back-to-back victories in London in the span of a week, the result placed Liverpool second in the standings heading into the season’s final month.
After the game, U21s head coach Barry Lewtas said to Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m thrilled. We’ve been incredibly resolute defensively and have demonstrated that by finishing the season with victories of 1-0 against West Ham, 4-0 at Fulham, and 1-0 at Palace.
“Up until the very end of the season, we demonstrated our dedication and focus. Everyone is very happy that we were able to finish the season strong with three victories. “.
He continued, “It’s a real good time at the end of the season to sit back and reflect a lot more on individual players and how they’ve developed.
Some have, in my opinion, really blossomed this season, which has been lovely to observe.
“I’m very happy, and I told the boys as much. It has to do with how they have performed, trained, and supported themselves throughout the entire year.
Liverpool was advised to alter their transfer strategy because they already had “England’s best midfielder.”
Due to the Reds’ anticipated loss of several key players from their senior squad, Jurgen Klopp is expected to bolster his midfield in the coming months.
Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders thinks Trent Alexander-Arnold is “England’s best midfielder,” so Trent Alexander-Arnold is all the Reds need to bolster their midfield.
Alexander-Arnold, a right back for England, has had a hit-and-miss season, but his performance has improved since Jurgen Klopp switched him to a hybrid midfield/defence position. This has been sufficient to convince Saunders, a former club record signing, to sing the homegrown star’s praises.
With Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and James Milner all having summer contract expirations, Liverpool’s needs in the midfield appear to be obvious. Saunders has downplayed the necessity of a significant transfer push despite the fact that Milner is about to move to Brighton.
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Saunders told talkSPORT, “I genuinely believe Liverpool don’t need to sign a midfielder. “Alexander-Arnold, in my opinion, outperforms every English midfielder,” said the commenter.
“Trent could play center midfield for England and become captain, in my opinion. He’s like a caged animal waiting; I think he’s a brilliant central midfield player. You can tell he enjoys it.
“He can defend in midfield, which is different from defending as a full-back where you get isolated with the winger – he’s got defensive thoughts in his head and he can track people into the box. His feet, both of them, are better than anyone else’s in the England team. “.
A move for Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham has been all but ruled out by Liverpool due to the youngster’s high price tag, despite the club being linked with a number of midfield talents, including Alexis Mac Allister and Matheus Nunes. But in Saunders’ eyes, the young Bundesliga player hasn’t distinguished himself as Alexander-Arnold’s superior in the same league.
Bellingham is competing in a league that is inferior to this one, the Welshman continued. “When I watch Bellingham play consistently in the Premier League, I’ll compare him to Bellingham. “.
While Bellingham now appears destined for Real Madrid, manager Klopp has spoken about the Reds’ transfer plans. The 19-year-old is anticipated to command a British record transfer fee, surpassing the £100 million Manchester City paid for Jack Grealish in 2021.
This summer, Jurgen Klopp will need to make some choices (Image: PA).
The German claimed in April that he had not been speaking specifically of Bellingham when he said, “I never understood why we constantly talk about things we theoretically cannot have. For instance, “We cannot sign six players this summer for £100 million each. That is obvious.
Realizing your capabilities is the first step in using them. Then, we work with the amount of money that is available to us. You must perform that task.
“We do anything and everything to get what we need and want. However, there are times when we must admit that something is out of our reach, leave it aside, and take another course of action. ”.