Well, we are just about two weeks away from finally seeing Liverpool line-up for an English Premier League game. A new season brings with it new hope, aspiration and most important of all, excitement.
However, there are a number of Liverpool fans who seem disgruntled with the amount of transfer activity being done. Many are fed up with this sell-to-buy policy. Some believe that the owners are running this as a business and not looking to pump in money to buy established talent.
The number of outgoings has generated in excess of £40million with Ibrahima Konaté being the only player to have joined the club. There was a time that Liverpool were linked with the likes of Kylian Mbappé, Erling Haaland, Saul Niguez and many others.
Whether any of those players will join is unlikely. FSG rarely purchase players in those price ranges. Keeping that in mind, here are a couple of players that Liverpool could look at given the way they do their business.
These players have been listed based on the Liverpool transfer policy, their style of play and the roles and positions that need younger talent, given that some of the top players in the squad are now nearing their 30s.
One player who will certainly be difficult to replace will be Roberto Firmino. I am of the opinion that when he is playing well, Liverpool play well. His overall style of play makes the rest of the team tick.
Firmino has excelled at Liverpool and is one of the first names on my team sheet. He is the reason that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané are able to play the way they do. He is a hybrid forward who weighs in with assists, goals and does an excellent job of releasing the wingers.
He plays a crucial role in the team's gegenpressing. But given that the team needs to look forward, there are a limited number of players who can fulfil the same role as him.
Diogo Jota was brought in from Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, he offers a different skill set. Liverpool will be looking for a successor for Firmino in the future if they want continuity in their approach and style of play.
If we take a second and review last season, there was some concern in the attacking department. Liverpool did underperform in front of goal. According to fbref.com, their non-penalty expected goals scored tally was 68.1, and they scored only 65. Manchester City, who were second with an npxg of 66.6, ended up scoring 82 goals.
Liverpool lacked ruthlessness in front of goal. Yes, it was an unusual season without fans and with multiple injuries. However, that's no excuse that the attacking unit massively misfired. This needs to be fixed!
Here are two viable options inspired from a TIFO video for Liverpool to find viable and affordable replacements for Firmino in the future. Given the way Liverpool does their business, these are the kind of players we should be able to bag without a worry.
You can check out the TIFO video here.
Daichi Kamada, a 24-year-old attacking player who plays in the Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt. He is a young talented attacking player who is a joy to watch.
He is a versatile attacker who occupies an attacking midfield position. He can double up and play as a striker too. In his three seasons with the Bundesliga outfit he has found the back of the net 15 times in a total of 86 appearances across all competitions.
His linkup play and awareness of his surroundings make him an ideal fit for the Jurgen Klopp system.
His creativity shows up with the number of assists and chances that he makes with his skilful runs through midfield. He is known to take up clever positions between the lines and make surging runs forward. His ability to drop the shoulder and skip past the defence adds to his creative spark.
Kamada is brilliant at creating space for the players around him. He is very easily able to drag defenders out of position with his close control and ability to carry the ball through midfield. Something that we have arguably missed since Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho left.
The 24-year-old is a busy player who looks to use the space around him to release the wide runners, something Salah and Mane will relish. If he finds space of his own, he does not hesitate to run at the defence either.
Kamada's ability to receive passes with his back to the defence and makes him a natural at linkup. His ability to turn possession from a flat midfield into attack makes him an attractive proposition.
He seems like a player who would fit the Klopp system well. He ticks almost all of the boxes that we need in a player who can eventually become an integral part of the style of play for a few years to come.
We might have another Firmino-esque player on our hands, and we will have the Bundesliga to thank once again. Given the FSG transfer policy, he will be a young talented player who will not be very expensive.
Amine Gouiri who is just 21-years-old is yet another bright footballing prospect to come out of France. He managed to score 12 goals and rack up seven assists after having joined OGC Nice from Lyon.
Gouiri is an aggressive skilful wide attacker who loves to cut-in on the inside and either find the far post or play a ball in for someone in a better position.
Over a period of time, his role has change to that of a more orthodox centre-forward. However, in true attacking sense he is an all-around threat across the front line. He can play with both feet and has an eye for goal. Something that will excite most managers across the globe.
As an attacker he's aggressive and aware of the movement around him. These are two qualities that a player needs to possess to play for a Premier League side.
One of his most prolific goals saw him cleverly snap up a loose pass, physically hold off the opposition defender and then carry the ball into the box and then beat the keeper. That goal gives us an idea of his ability on the ball, physical strength and ability to find the back of the net.
Gouiri is good at close control with the ball at his feet. Off of the ball, he is a hard worker when it comes to pressing. As we all know, pressing and retrieving the ball from the opposition as soon as possible is detrimental to Klopp’s style of play.
He has shown that stamina isn’t and issue and he can maintain a high standard and intensity from start to finish. His speed, passing accuracy, ability to carry the ball and positional awareness makes him an ideal prospect to take over from Firmino in the future.
So, in one of my previous pieces I had mentioned that Liverpool might be going into a transition phase given that multiple contracts are up for renewal. Hence, these two options bring youth, exuberance and talent into the squad.
Mr. Edwards, are you listening?