Midfield has been a strong position for Liverpool this season. Even with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recovering from a serious knee injury, the position has had more competition for places than any other area on the pitch.
Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, and James Milner have all seen significant time in the centre of the park. The competition Fabinho has added has really brought out the best in Henderson as a defensive player and leader.
His desire to win showed against Manchester United when he clashed with Jurgen Klopp on the touchline as tempers flared. Liverpool are eight games unbeaten in the Premier League. With excitement growing for their league match against Burnley, fans can use the Matchbook sign up offer to bet on their expected outcome of the game.
Adam Lallana, Naby Keita, and Xherdan Shaqiri have also featured in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield three this term. Compared to the other four midfielders, their appearances have been inconsistent.
Liverpool have some big personnel decision to make in the summer. Milner is out of contract, and so far, very little news has been released on whether he will receive a new deal. Losing Milner would be a major blow since he can play multiple positions competently.
Decisions must also be made on Lallana, who has been poor all season. Keita has not lived up to the hype and Shaqiri’s stock and playing time have decreased following a terrible performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup third round.
Should Liverpool turn their attention to the transfer market for a new midfielder, these three players are well worth consideration.
Axel Witsel – Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund brought Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel in from the wilderness last summer. Witsel joined the German club following Belgium’s third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup. He has picked up right where he left off at the tournament helping Dortmund to the top of the Bundesliga table. Dortmund and Bayern Munich are fighting for the Bundesliga title, and fans can use the Bethard UK code to bet on which team they believe will win the league championship.
Many football fans may have forgotten about the defensive midfielder. Witsel spent seven-plus years playing in Russia and China prior to joining Dortmund. This season, Witsel has logged 2,893 minutes, 34 games, five goals, and one assist in all competitions. His addition would allow Klopp to play him alongside Fabinho as dual pivots.
Hannes Wolf – Red Bull Salzburg
Hannes Wolf has already agreed to join Red Bull Salzburg’s sister-club RB Leipzig in the summer. But like Liverpool did with Keita, they could line up a future move for the Austrian attacking midfielder.
Wolf is just 19 and his addition would give Liverpool an injection of youth to central midfield. If Lallana is moved on in one of the next three transfer windows, Wolf would be an exciting replacement.
The youngster has already tallied 10 assists and six goals in 28 games in all competitions. Leipzig have pulled off a coup by signing him and Liverpool should place Wolf high on their transfer target list.
Giovani Lo Celso – Real Betis
Argentine Giovani Lo Celso is currently on loan at Real Betis from Paris Saint-Germain. He has been labelled as a “break out star” in La Liga.
All indications are PSG will sell the attacking midfielder in the summer. Betis do have an option to buy Lo Celso outright, but the Spanish side may not be able to afford his permanent transfer.
In 34 games for Betis this term, Lo Celso has tallied 12 goals and four assists. He can play as a member of the midfield-three or move into wide areas. He isn’t a Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah type, but he is a skilful attacker capable of scoring goals or splitting defences with a pass.
Lo Celso will most likely be available in the summer. However, Liverpool could be beaten to his signature by Barcelona or Real Madrid. Both Spanish clubs have been linked with him.