While Jürgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, is disappointed about missing out on Roméo Lavia, he has other transfer targets. Additionally, an internal choice is being forced.
Even though Liverpool began its Premier League season with a respectable 1-1 draw away to Chelsea on Sunday, if you are a fan, it has been a frustrating week. While Jürgen Klopp was undoubtedly satisfied with what he saw from his team during the game, he is aware, like Virgil van Dijk, that the team needs to add another midfielder.
Liverpool may have tied Chelsea on the field, but over the course of the last 48 hours, it has lost twice. Moisés Caicedo chose to sign with Chelsea over the Reds, and the Blues are now nearing a deal to sign Southampton’s Roméo Lavia, who is Liverpool’s other midfield target.
Liverpool and Klopp are now scrambling to start conversations with other players on the club’s shortlist as a result of this. Additionally, any team Liverpool initiates talks with is aware the team has a spending budget of more than $127 million (£100 million/€116 million).
The benefit of this is that multiple goals, as opposed to just one, could be achieved with the Caicedo/Lavia funds. This might improve Klopp’s squad depth, which is an issue now that several important players have left.
Liverpool has options for the midfield.
Following the Caicedo and Lavia sagas, Liverpool and Klopp are now considering their third-choice option for a midfielder. According to Fabrizio Romano, names that have been mentioned in relation to a transfer to Liverpool include Manu Koné of Borussia Monchengladbach and Khéphren Thuram of Nice.
André, a 22-year-old Brazilian player for Fluminense, could also be a long shot. Even though André lacks European football experience, he would be a cheaper option than Thuram or Koné at just $16 million (£12 million/€14 million).
The good news is that Klopp has midfield options, albeit perhaps not the ones he really wanted.
Although Liverpool’s youth academy has long been a source of pride, it appears that a truly unique crop of talent has emerged in recent years. Some of those skills have been gradually incorporated into the first team by Jürgen Klopp. Over the past few years, players like Stefan Bajeti, Harvey Elliott, Ben Doak, and Kaide Gordon have all participated for Klopp in competitive games.
Bobby Clark, who recently helped his team defeat Everton 4-0 in the U21 Merseyside derby, is one player who might be added to the list very soon. He was plucked from Newcastle and is not a direct Academy graduate, but he is demonstrating why Liverpool made the move.
Clark is more than capable of handling the biggest stage, and this season’s contests in the Carabao Cup and Europa League may be advantageous. But Klopp will need to decide if taking out a loan is the best option.