About a week ago, one of our contributors Henry Jackson posted this on Twitter.
Who are the 3 #LFC players you would replace in the first-choice XI in the summer?
Mine: Mignolet, Lovren, Milner.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) 2 February 2017
Looking at the above 3 names it’s hard to disagree with Henry, all 3 players have been poor at one point or another this season.
Mignolet, for me has been the worst out of the lot. He continues to make the same mistakes game after game and he doesn’t inspire confidence in those in front of him.
The question is though, who could Liverpool replace him with? I’d start with Loris Karius for the rest of the season.
While Kauris is prone to mistakes, he’s only young and after coming from the Bundesliga, he needs time to settle and develop in to the Premier League.
Will Karius still be number one next season? Only time will tell but with Danny Ward coming back from what can only be described as a positive loan spell at Huddersfield, his presence at Anfield will only add quality competition for the number one spot.
If Klopp doesn’t fancy Ward, I would hope he seriously looks at Antonio Adan at Real Betis.
The former Real Madrid goal keeper had put his nightmare spell at the Bernabeu behind him and is back to his very best. At 29 he is coming in to what some call the glory years for a goalkeeper.
So far this season Adan has made 69 saves in La Liga, has 6 clean sheets, makes 3.45 saves per game, concedes on average 1.55 goals per game and makes an impressive 2.23 saves per goals. Oh and his claim success from high balls in to the box is 99%.
With the goalkeeper situation sorted (hopefully), it’s time to talk Lovren.
What can I say about the Croatian defender that hasn’t already been said about him a million times by others.
Like Mignolet, he’s another who doesn’t inspire confidence in the Liverpool penalty area.
His propensity to panic on the ball is his one major flaw. At times he looks like he doesn’t know how to be a defender. The simple things seem to cause him to the greatest of all difficulties.
The fact that he has an error in him every time he plays for Liverpool is another factor, that leads me to think, his time at Liverpool is soon up, as a starter anyways.
Who will replace him. Currently there is no one in the Liverpool squad that is good enough to take the mantle of being a weekly starter in the Liverpool defence.
If I had to pick anyone, it would be Mamadou Sakho, but we all know that’s not going to happen. Joe Gomez, for me isn’t ready just yet.
That means Klopp bringing in someone this summer. This is no easy task. Quality centre backs are a hard commodity to come across.
And with Liverpool so desperate for one, this will undoubtedly push up prices when Liverpool come knocking.
If Klopp looks to invest in a quality centre back, I don’t he’ll go too wrong in having a look at Hull City’s Harry Maguire.
At 23, Maguire is an up and coming, Premier League experienced centre back. This season Maguire has played 21 games for Hull.
He looks to be an old fashioned centre back, not afraid to put in a tackle, willing to take a yellow card for the team and could learn a lot from not only Klopp but also Joël Matip in defence.
For Hull this season, Maguire has made 32 tackles with a 56% success rate, he has made 39 interceptions, 56 clearances and 13 blocks.
He makes on average 7 defensive actions per game and most importantly of all, he has no zero defensive errors this season.
That brings me on to Aaron Cresswell. While like the others, he’s no superstar, what he is though is dependable and good at his job.
Last season he was named in the top 5 left backs in the Premier League, that’s no easy task. He gets forward when there’s an attack on but most importantly he knows how to defend.
He knows his role at left back and instantly would add balance, strength and steel to Liverpool’s left side.
This season for West Ham, Cresswell has made 15 appearances, he has made one block, 23 interceptions, 11 tackles and has made 61 clearances. He also averages 6 defensive actions per game.
With his 3 defensive errors this season, he’ll hardly make it in to the top 10 left backs in the Premier League this season but like Adan he is coming in to his prime.
I feel that Klopp could work wonders with him and help him cut out his errors and in doing so would help Liverpool fill a void in the team that neither James Milner, Alberto Moreno or Jon Flanagan could over the last number of seasons.
While none of the above would be deemed world class players, their addition to the Liverpool squad would add experience and depth.
Bar Cresswell, they would all be got for relatively cheap money which would allow Klopp to spend elsewhere and strengthen the team in other places.
Written by @TheMoanyOne