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Liverpool will not be rushed into signing a new midfielder, says former Reds defender Alan Hutton

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Aug-18 11:31 first published at 11:31 AM


Alan Hutton has insisted that Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to deviate from his transfer strategy, despite Thiago Alcantara becoming the latest Liverpool player to be injured. The Merseysiders have a number of young options in midfield, including Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho, and the return of a previously ill Naby Keita will be welcome news. “It’s not just about the numbers; it’s about being better,” the former Aston Villa player explained to Football Insider. “Can he bring in someone who is better than what he already has?” When it comes to Thiago, I’d say no because he’s so influential when he’s on the field.” His problem is that he sustains minor injuries. “It’s not ideal, but I don’t believe Jurgen Klopp will rush out to replace him.” I believe he will believe he has enough to cover in the meantime.” The club’s upcoming match against Crystal Palace is expected to feature a brief injection of youth in the middle of the park as the club responds to an increasing number of serious injuries. Liverpool has found a long-term Henderson replacement for next summer, according to reports. While we at the Empire of the Kop understand the frustrations surrounding our midfield capacity, especially given that a season-ending crisis in the backline occurred only two seasons ago. However, with a plethora of options in the department in question, it raises familiar counter-arguments about the potential impact on squad harmony, not to mention the financial burden associated with bringing in a new signing who may struggle to keep their place in the starting lineup once key men return from injury. Prior departures such as Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies – both emergency additions in the winter window of 2020 – should be considered evidence in support of Klopp’s position. The Empire of the Kop Podcast #56: Nunez silences critics! Firmino to start against Manchester City? … & more!

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