Ben foster says ‘not having it’ Liverpool’s concern is not in midfield

Liverpool and Chelsea drew 1-1 to start the 2023–24 Premier League campaign.

Despite the fact that Liverpool are in dire need of a defensive midfielder, Ben Foster has stated that he is “not happy” with the front three they currently have.

The Reds kicked off the 2023-24 season with a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over the weekend.

The fact that Jurgen Klopp’s team was able to salvage a point despite being outplayed in the second half may have seemed fortunate to them.

The sales of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho forced Klopp to use Alexis Mac Allister as the anchor in the engine room. After Moises Caicedo signed with Chelsea for £115 million, a replacement is still needed, and Southampton’s Romeo Lavia seems to be moving in the same direction.

Luis Diaz opened the scoring for Liverpool in the first half of the match on opening day, and Mo Salah had a goal disallowed for drifting just slightly offside after a VAR review.

Foster still has some reservations, particularly with Darwin Nunez, despite the fact that he has options in Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo, and Darwin Nunez.

I liked Chelsea more than Liverpool, the former Manchester United and Watford goalkeeper said on the Ben Foster Podcast. I believed Chelsea to be adequate; they might finish in the top four. I’m just still not satisfied with Liverpool’s front three.

“I’m not happy with Darwin, I’m not happy with Gakpo – I’m not having it. When Nunez came on when he had that [bad] touch. If he’d have taken a good touch and got the shot off, it’s a goalscoring opportunity. If that’s [Sadio] Mane or [Roberto] Firmino, it gets controlled and dispatched.”

Alisson Becker, a fellow keeper, made a strong impression on Foster. The Chelsea forward Mykhailo Mudryk broke free on goal in stoppage time, and the Liverpool goalkeeper made several excellent saves while pushing him wide.

Foster continued, “His positioning was superb. He kept himself up as long as he possibly could, pulled himself out wide, and didn’t sell himself. He tried to cut it back and got clear by the time he was pushed out wide – love it Alisson.”





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