While slow and steady, the generation of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi comes to an end.
The reins seem to be picked up by Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. In this piece, I am going to detail out how Haaland can help take Liverpool to the next level as well.
Before anyone says I need to wake up from dreamland, I am well aware that The Reds are not going in for him. Liverpool Football Club are not going to pay the outrageous transfer fee that Borussia Dortmund would want, but this is my take on how Haaland will help Liverpool tactically to stay at the top for the next few years.
Other than that, my opinion involves us changing tactics from 4-3-3 to maybe 4-2-3-1 which is something that Jurgen Klopp does not do too much either.
So yes, I know this is not going to happen-- but there is always a glimmer of hope that something like this would actually happen.
I do believe that he will elevate Liverpool's game and ensure that the Reds will remain a force to reckon with for a long time to come.
Is he likely to join? The answer is a resounding NO. But then, as a supporter of Liverpool, I will never give up hope that the club can get the best talent to play for them while having the best manager in the world.
I can’t see FSG paying over £150 million pounds in the coming transfer windows.
However, after a year or so, if he is available and has not joined Read Madrid which is his dream destination, Liverpool could be in with a punt with a bid of about £80 million.
Now, we are all aware of the Liverpool transfer policy.
No old players, no players who cost an arm and a leg and no players who expect exorbitant wages without having proven themselves.
Keeping that in mind, I will use Haaland as the focus because he's fits perfectly in my analysis but any kind of player like him will be able to have a similar impact.
First things first. If Liverpool FC sign Haaland or a player with similar abilities, it does not necessarily mean we have to say goodbye to Roberto Firmino.
However, it might see Jurgen Klopp making a general change in shape however keeping a similar style of play.
Changing Tactics to 4-2-3-1
For this tactic, Klopp might have to shift tactics and move away from the tried, tested and trusted 4-3-3 to a more fluid 4-2-3-1. (I know Klopp does not like this!)
If this happens we might see Firmino revert to a more traditional number 10 role, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané the inside forwards on each wing with Haaland the centre forward.
This will be brilliant as Haaland has the physical ability to occupy the opposition center-backs while our pacey wingers can run off his shoulder.
In addition to that Firmino’s work rate with him playing a tad bit deeper will benefit.
He will be able to press for the ball, recover possession, speed up link-up play, and also challenge for aerial duels against opposition midfielders given his frame and aerial ability.
While this change in formation and tactics will change thing when the side moves forward with possession of the ball, the midfield remains an industrious safety net with Thiago and Fabhino playing a double pivot and the beloved wing backs remaining key in both attack and defence.
Let us also not forget that Haaland becomes a brilliant target for crosses being pinged in from both fullbacks.
This is something the side currently lack and Haaland will add another dimension going forward.
In Liverpool's 4-3-3 formation, Firmino plays the attacking center-forward role.
Many will say that he does not get the goals that a center forward should.
However, his ability and style of play that sees Liverpool's wingers get the space to score.
In this role, he is needed to play something between a traditional number 10 and a false 9.
His relentless movement and off-the-ball pressing opens up those spaces for Salah and Mané to get in behind the defence with their speed to find an opening to score.
Now, before I get flack for this from Firmino fans, I am a huge fan of him.
But in this particular style of play, imagine having something Fimrino does in style, but adding an eye for goal like somewhat what Chelsea had with Didier Drogba and Diego Costa.
In the 4-3-3 formation, he replaces Firmino in the starting line-up. Haaland, with his physical presence and speed, is surely going to force defensive lines back.
Combine that with his hold-up play, speed, and finishing. He will be a great threat with Mane and Salah on either side.
In addition to that, being a target man for the wing-backs is another obvious addition.
Now playing in this formation and with these tactics improves depth with Diogo Jota, Firmino, and possibly Takumi Minamino and Xerhdan Shaqiri for rotation if they stay.
This improves the ability to open up low-block defences who sit back and defend for 93 minutes.
In addition to that, it gives Liverpool a huge unpredictability before games.
Haaland scored a total of 23 goals in Bundesliga last season.
He has taken 63 shots, with 57% of them on target.
He is currently quite flawless, but in a league that is known to be a tad bit easier than the English Premier League.
Under Klopp, in, say another two to four years, he can be unstoppable. The sky is the limit.
Now let me be honest, do I think Liverpool are going to sign a player like Erling this season? I doubt it.
I have been gunning for them to sign Mbappe, but the truth is, it seems unlikely that we will see either put on a Liverpool top. But both these players fit Liverpool tactically, and hence I think they both fit well.
Is this destined to be a dream that stays a dream?