Since the “mega deal” that involved Coutinho heading to Barcelona and VVD joining, things have gone a little quiet at Anfield.
It looks like Klopp is in no desperate need to bring in an immediate replacement for the Brazilian. Obviously with the amount Liverpool received it’s no secret that they have extra funds to buy players but sometimes it’s perhaps wise not to spend it immediately after a big sale because other clubs will add the extra percentage on top. It could be a shrewd move to wait until the summer when others may just have forgotten that Liverpool recently received a tidy windfall. It’s worth thinking about anyway.
The main players that were looking to be heading away from Liverpool this January may yet not. Daniel Sturridge had some interest from Spain but that has dwindled. Although the move was only a loan deal he needs to play if he wants to get a World Cup spot. There could yet be an option within the Premiership but who will take the risk? When he’s hot he could save a team from relegation but his injuries, whilst a sad story, are just piling up and teams won’t want that risk. You have to feel for him no matter which team you support.
The other was Goalkeeper Danny Ward. He could be Liverpool’s answer to that defensive triangle now Van Dyke is in. He needs game time and if there is one criticism of Klopp it would be the rotation policy of his keepers. Mignolet blows hot and cold and Karius doesn’t command the area as one would argue he should. Is it time for Woodburn to get his shot now he has returned from loan or send him out again? Surely it’s worth giving a go?
Forward Ben Woodburn despite being a Welsh player he could still be classed as a local lad having been born in Cheshire and joining the Liverpool academy at U7 level. He has his head screwed on this lad and shows great intelligence for his age. We appreciate it’s going to be hard to break into Liverpool’s attacking setup at the moment but it could be time he started making more appearances.
There were rumours of him joining Sunderland on loan but that’s been ruled out. Unless a side towards the top of the Championship comes in for him, or maybe a Premiership side in a relegation battle with the promise of playing him we believe he’ll stick at Anfield and will get some appearances if Liverpool cruise through more games with 60 mins or so gone on the clock.
There are a few rumours of Klopp being interested in Malcom and they will face competition from Arsenal. We believe that with Arsenal’s season not going to plan, and struggling to make the top 4, it could be Liverpool that Malcom chooses purely for the chance of Champions League football, that is of course if he wishes to ply his trade in the Premiership. There will be other offers from Europe so one to watch. He’s a great talent though and any move to the Premiership will be exciting.
Finally we have Emre Can which is starting to be a bit of an odd one. You won’t find many going against Manchester City winning the Premier League this season but if Liverpool continue their fine form then 2nd place will certainly be their top target for the league. The way Liverpool play will also give them a great chance in the Champions League and the FA Cup. Should they finish 2nd and win a Cup will Can think they can go one further next season? He has stated he enjoys life in Liverpool.
Juventus will be tempting for him though. Italy is a different ball game altogether and at Juventus he’ll have a good chance at adding some silverware. There was of course some interest from Bayern but as they have just signed Goretzka on a pre-contract that ship has probably sailed unless Vidal departs. It would be fantastic if Can stays at Liverpool but not drastic if he leaves. He’s not signed with Juventus yet so should Liverpool’s season go very well in the 2nd half fans might just see him stick about.
Finally is forward Origi who some had suggested he would make a return this January. We do though understand that it’s unlikely he will and shall be returning end of the season instead.