Michael Owen has shared his thoughts on the ‘huge concern’ in Liverpool’s midfield and how it will get ‘harder’ for the club to sign Chelsea transfer target Jude Bellingham the more he plays, as he told Premier League Productions (09/10/22 at 1:15 pm).
Liverpool’s problems have been there for all to see since their opening-day draw against Fulham – some may even point towards last season – but the biggest issue is perhaps their midfield.
From the ageing James Milner to Jordan Henderson’s levels dropping this season, and Fabinho dropping to the bench, even a change of formation isn’t turning their fortunes, as Jurgen Klopp found out at Arsenal on Sunday.
One area Liverpool fans see their problems being resolved is the transfer market and trying to lure some of the top talents to Merseyside.
It has been well-documented that Liverpool have been long-admirers of Jude Bellingham – the rising Borussia Dortmund teenager – but it’s not going to be easy to get him.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid are just some of the other names linked to secure the 19-year-old’s talents next summer – but it’s going to take a hefty fee and Champions League football to win that transfer battle.
When former England striker Owen was touching on Liverpool’s midfield problems, he shared how the Reds will push for Bellingham, but warned that it’s going to be difficult to secure his talents.
“A huge concern in midfield,” said Owen. “It has been a big concern for some while. Let’s go down that list.
You can pick holes in every single player. Milner is 36. End of story. He won’t be around for long. Jordan Henderson, the same. Name a game where he plays the full 90 minutes. Thiago gets injured a lot and is in his 30s.
“Oxlade-Chamberlain. Injured a lot and he’s approaching 30. Fabinho is probably the one player where I say ‘yeh, nail your colours to that mast’. But he is performing averagely so far this season. Keita is injury prone and question marks whether he’s good enough. Then Arthur is on-loan and Curtis Jones is a youngster.
LIVERPOOL SHOULD HAVE ACTED SOONER
If Liverpool end up watching Bellingham head to another Premier League team, or perhaps to Real Madrid, then they only have themselves to blame.
Those upstairs should have acted a lot sooner and backed Jurgen Klopp in the transfer market, rather than wait for things to crumble before acting.
Now, Liverpool can still fix their current mess because it’s only October, but they will be in big, big trouble and they will have no chance of buying players like Bellingham if they fall out of the top-four this season.
And whilst the blame doesn’t lie with Klopp, the fans will turn on the owners, who they don’t see eye-to-eye with as it is.