It’s set to be an intriguing summer for Liverpool Football Club as Jurgen Klopp aims to bolster his first-team squad ahead of a renewed assault on the title.
Former RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate is the only confirmed addition for the Reds so far, but several other star names have been linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks.
Replacing Gini Wijnaldum in the centre of the pitch will be one of Klopp’s biggest tasks ahead of the upcoming campaign, although it seems as though the German tactician has identified his primary target.
Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez has emerged as the prime candidate to succeed the Dutch international, with Liverpool seeing a £35 million bid for the Spaniard rejected earlier in the window.
The Merseyside outfit are expected to sell several fringe stars in order to rebalance the books, though, meaning other incomings may be limited.
With that in mind, if Michael Edwards does manage to secure the club’s key transfer targets, how could Klopp’s starting XI look next season once the summer transfer window has concluded?
Here’s our prediction…
Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson Becker is expected to keep his place between the sticks after recovering well after some uncharacteristic mistakes to end last season well.
In defence, new-signing Konate will be hoping to partner a fully-fit Virgil van Dijk in the heart of defence following his £34m move, while Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are set to take up their usual residency in the full-back positions.
Many of Liverpool’s issues were resolved when Fabinho was moved back to the base of the midfield last term, and the South American will almost certainly pick up where he left off.
Who Klopp has available to play either side of the holding midfielder is arguably the main cause for debate ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Thiago appeared to play his best football when slightly in advance of Fabinho, while Atleti’s Saul could form a frightening trio if Liverpool match his £42m asking price as we predict, meaning he comes into the side at the expense of club captain Jordan Henderson.
Despite their struggles throughout 2020/21, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino may be given the chance to impress from the off next season, keeping their place in the starting XI alongside Mohamed Salah.
Diogo Jota will be pushing for a starting berth, though, meaning Mane and Firmino will have to be at their best if they want to retain their place long-term.