This is the time of the Premier League season I absolutely hate. Unless you are a so called In The Know (ITK) click bait account, this part of the season is a pain in the hole.
On a daily basis, decent football fans are bombarded with reports of players being linked with their respective clubs, some are genuine links, others are rehashed news from from other sites made up to suit their own purposes, for example six minutes in to 2017, a certain ITK account tweeted that Mahmoud Dahoud wants to join Liverpool.
I want to join Liverpool too, we all know that’s not going to happen.
While Dahoud is seen by many as the answer to all Liverpool’s midfield problems, I tend to disagree, for me Liverpool’s midfield is the only position on the pitch that doesn’t need tinkering with.
Dahoud this season for Borussia Mönchengladbach has played 10 times scoring one goal, creating 10 chances, he’s won on average 48% of his duels and with a shot accuracy of 55%.
If you compare Dahoud to Jordan Henderson, the player Jürgen Klopp has been playing in the Defensive Midfield role so far this season, Henderson has played 18 games for Liverpool scoring the 1 goal, Henderson has created 27 chances, he’s won on average 45% of his duels and has a shot accuracy of 18%.
While Dahoud has a better shot accuracy than Henderson and has won a higher percentage of his average duels, Liverpool have players in the squad who can match, if not better Dahoud’s stats.
One of those players for me is young Serbian midfield player Marko Grüjic. Grüjic was signed last January by Klopp. This season though Grüjic has only made 2 substitute appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League.
While Grüjic has only played 28 minutes this season for Liverpool, he has on average one shot per game and has a pass success rate of over 84%.
With Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum, Henderson, Adam Lallana Lucas Levia and Philippe Coutinho all able to play in the midfield role, Liverpool spending £30 plus million on Dahoud makes little sense.
As well as Grüjic, Liverpool also have Ovie Ejaria who can play in midfield. Ejaria is just one of a number of players who are not only excelling in the U-23’s, but are excelling whenever they have played for the first team this season.
Ejaria an exciting player and undoubtedly has a bright career ahead of him at Liverpool.
Liverpool fans are beginning to turn in to the fans of other rich clubs that they all hate. What I mean by that is, they want instant success and think, by buying a player will give them that instant success they crave. As Liverpool have seen this isn’t always the way forward.
Dahoud is only 20 years of age, he’s still learning his trade as a footballer. While he may be settling brilliantly in to the Mönchengladbach team and the Bundesliga this season, impressing those around him with his performances, that doesn’t mean he will do the same in the Premier League.
If he really is that good, then giving him another 6 months playing in Germany, learning more about football is not going to do him any harm.
Loads of players have come in to the Premier League from other European clubs and not settled or added to their reputation for many reasons. Liverpool have also had their fair share of those kind of players.
One player that springs to mind is Lazar Markovic. Hailed as the next big thing, the young Serbian winger couldn’t settle in to the hussle and bussle of the Premier League. His performances on the pitch suffered and fans soon got on his back.
Markovic was a player I had watched before Liverpool signed him and was excited about him coming to the club. His time at Liverpool will be remembered as a failure and I fear he will never now live up to his potential.
The January transfer window is not always the best window to do business in. A player who last summer was valued at £10/£15 million, come January his value has skyrocketed by £5 or £10 million. Unless you are a team at the bottom of the table than the January window is pointless.
While Dahoud might want to come and play for Liverpool, do Liverpool need him? For me it’s a no. Klopp already has more than enough players in the squad to fill the role that Dahoud would be expected to fill.
With Jordan Henderson likely to miss a few games with the heel injury he picked up against Manchester City, I can see Emre Can filling in for him in the middle of Liverpool’s midfield trio. This is a role Can excelled in last season and for many out there is the position that best suits him.
If Klopp is interested in spending money this January I would prefer to see him strengthen the defence. That seems to be the place on the pitch Liverpool are struggling with so far this season.
Whatever happens, Klopp knows best and unlike fans around the world the decision on who comes and goes from Liverpool this season lies with him and as fans we have to support who ever he brings in whether we rate them or not.
Written by @TheMoanyOne