Premier League football is set to commence in less than a month time, and Liverpool, with promises of a title challenge this season, are tipped to have a busy few weeks in the transfer market.
They have wrapped up Brazilian midfield general Fabinho from AS Monaco days after their Champions League final heartbreak against Real Madrid and have also welcomed RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita who agreed a long-term deal last summer. Although the transfer of Frenchman Nabil Fekir collapsed in the 11th hour, there are chances of a revival upon completion of the World Cup and the Reds have also opened talks to bring in Xherdan Shaqiri available on a cut-price deal upon Stoke City’s relegation from Premier League football.
Klopp is busy on adding depth and strengthening themselves to cope up with challenges from several major competitions but the latest news of Georginio Wijnaldum’s shock Anfield exit has baffled many. The Dutchman has appeared 91 times in past two seasons since joining the Reds from Newcastle United but is now linked to a reunion with former PSV boss Philip Cocu, currently in charge of Fenerbahce who finished runners-up last season behind bitter rivals Galatasaray in Turkey.
The 27-year-old Dutch international is reportedly uncertain about his first-team opportunities following the arrival of Fabinho and Keita – two high-profile midfield stars who, he believes, will send him down the pecking order in Merseyside. The Reds already got skipper Jordan Henderson, veteran James Milner, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain alongside the newly recruited duo who will also compete for a starting role in the middle of the park and the likely inclusion of a more creative midfield attacker will further jeopardize Wijnaldum’s minutes under the German gaffer.
He has been utilized in multiple midfield roles last season and also in defence against Brighton & Hove Albion on one occasion. His versatility offers flexibility but the player will have to fight for his place considering the options available at Anfield. It will be interesting to watch whether the player forces a move-out or decides to stay and grab his chances to prove his worth.