Jurgen Klopp enjoys a good midfielder more than most.
The man who brought Shinji Kagawa to the fore in European football, has a superb record of tailoring midfielders to his specific tactics and it has often been the basis of his success.
In fact, he will face one of the monsters he made next season, when Liverpool play Manchester City, who have signed Ilkay Gundogan.
Liverpool’s midfield has, in honesty, never truly recovered from the losses of Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano. Jordan Henderson has been an inconsistent replacement for Steven Gerrard, whilst Lucas Leiva, James Milner and others have all fallen slightly short of the standard required if the Reds are to compete at the top once again.
Having said that, Milner has established himself as a favourite under Klopp and produced some excellent performances alongside the impressive Emre Can in midfield.
Klopp is going to spend big this summer, isn’t he? Well, if all goes to plan this could be the Liverpool midfield next year…
Can’s talent has never been in doubt. Since his arrival at Liverpool, however, Can has come on leaps and bounds, despite a rather uninspiring start when shifted around the team by Brendan Rodgers.
Now a stalwart of Klopp’s midfield artillery, Emre Can is one of the first names on the team sheet and will almost certainly be the player that Klopp looks to complement with any summer signings.
Either playing as the deepest midfielder or in more of a box-to-box role, making him a superb asset tactically.
Weigl is one of the hottest young properties in Europe right now and his signing would be a real coup for Liverpool.
Klopp is likely to look to his former club for signings and Weigl would be the best he could get.
The youngster can play in a number of roles across the formation, but would be most adept to a deep-lying playmaker role in the centre of midfield.
It may seem likely that Henderson or Milner will earn a starting berth, but Weigl would quickly put that under pressure.
If Firmino keeps delivering performances at the level he did last season he will fast become a true Kop favourite.
Goals, Brazilian flicks and chance creation, Firmino really has it all. Whether he is used as a false nine or an attacking midfielder, the ex-Hoffenheim man will be crucial to any hopes Liverpool have of success next season.
Klopp will be wary of Coutinho’s head being turned this summer.
The Brazilian is yet to fully develop in the reliable match-winner that he simply must become, yet Liverpool will want to keep him at the club despite potential interest from far wealthier clubs.
The long-range shots might have to be cut down, mind.
Zinedine Zidane is rarely using Isco in big games at Real Madrid and that might be enough to make the Spaniard eye-up a move this summer.
With Kroos and Modric guaranteed starters, the third midfield berth is often taken by the defensively-astute Casemiro ahead of another attacking player. Isco, however, might be the missing piece of the jigsaw for Klopp in the final third.
A weaving dribbler, with an eye for a pass or a curled shot, Isco isn’t the natural winger that you may associate with Klopp’s sides but an additional playmaker.