Liverpool Ageing Squad Concerns No More.

Liverpool’s owners have been criticised by Liverpool fans in recent transfer windows by a lack of movement in the market. Our net-spend under the FSG is far, far less than that of the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea and to be honest, the majority of the league.

When you take a step back and take a look at the acquisitions over the last 18 months, it actually make for good reading regardless of spend. Also with Fulham’s Portuguese attacker Fabio Carvalho looking likely to sign for Liverpool in the summer, all is looking up for Klopp and his men.

So Liverpool captured the signing of FC Porto winger Luis Diaz in the January transfer window for £50m. The Colombian was a target for the summer, but with pressure from Spurs, the Reds hand was forced to move for him now. Once Liverpool gave the green light, Julian Ward, successor to Michael Edwards stepped up the chase which left any chance Antonio Conte landing the Colombian dead and buried.

So with Luis Diaz through the door and Carvalho expected this summer, Liverpool in the last 18 months have signed have signed Thiago, Diogo Jota, Ibrahima Konate and now have fully integrated Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones to the Liverpool first team. Let’s not forget to mention that Trent Alexander-Arnold is still only 23 years old! We also have a brilliant backup to Alisson in the form of 22 year old Caoimhin Kelleher.

Joe Gomez is still only 24, Neco Williams is 20 years old and YES! I am adding him to the list because I have a soft sport for him and he’s being compared to probably the best right back in world football which I think is unwarranted. Finally let’s not forget Kostas Tsimikas, the second best left back in European football is 25 years old.

Yes there are areas in the squad that need addressing and I have no doubt will be addressed this summer but that’s 11 first team players who fir our 18-25 years old bracket, that’s more impressive than we’ve perhaps given the club credit for, given the constant desire for constant recruitment.

Let’s give credit to our younger stars, they are all contributing to the squad. Jota has 27 goals for Liverpool in 58 appearances, and is currently second in the Premier League Golden Boot race only to Mo Salah. Joe Gomez and Ibrahama Konate are special players who have already shown their qualities. Gomez was part of a title winning defence and if it wasn’t for the freak year Joel Matip is having, both would have had plenty more game time by now. special talent.

Harvey Elliott of course had that massive injury which has kept him side lined for 5 months but he has come back like a breath of fresh air with a stunning goal to see off Cardiff City. Curtis Jones is progressing nicely as well, there is more to come from the young Scouser but with more game time he will show his qualities. Let’s not forget our Greek Scouser Kostas, people will argue he deserves more game time and rightly so but it is unfortunate that Andrew Robertson has kicked on since Tsimikas joined and added that pressure.

Now it hasn’t been all plain sailing for the Reds in recent years, we sold Dejan Lovren and never replaced him. Joe Gomez and Vigil Van Dijk then had major freak injuries which left us bare bones. With no cover we had Fabinho and Henderson playing centre back.. No Liverpool fan deserves to watch that moment in time never again. There’s concerns now with our ageing midfield which I think is the last piece in the jigsaw. We have never replaced Gini Wijnaldum in the sense of availability and often found our midfield to be inconsistent in both selection and performance.

This summer, Liverpool fans seem to be keen on Liverpool signing Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham and RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku to name a few, so if Klopp addresses our midfield and maybe another young understudy for Firmino I think we can relax, knowing our team will have the perfect balance between youth and experience and put us in good stead for all competitions going forward.

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