Klopp: 'We had to replace most successful midfield in recent Liverpool history'

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Klopp: 'We had to replace most successful midfield in recent Liverpool history'

At a press conference, Jurgen Klopp was asked about how different the new Liverpool midfield is from last season's selection.

"We will see that. The natural skillset I think is obvious," the boss replied.

"But we had to replace and to change the most successful midfield in the young history of this club. Fabinho, Henderson, Milner, Gini Wijnaldum now a few years ago, all had big, big parts in that team. Yeah, Naby and Oxlade, all played big parts in that midfield.

"In our best periods I remember here you asked me the question if we are enough of a goal threat from this midfield, when we scored all the goals from the front line.

"I think we have much more goal threat in midfield now, that's definitely the case. But the work-rate these guys put in, the stability they gave us, that was second to none and that's what we have to create as well, definitely.

"We will see how we do that because we can play different systems, we have to think about that during the season definitely. But we are still early into the season and we have to find [our way] into the season and you do that not with 12 changes in four days, you do that with keeping things like they are and going from there.

"That's what we do in the moment, but we will keep our eyes open on what is best for the specific line-up and then we will adapt. But I think it's clear the players we brought in have real quality, are young and in a super way really excited about the opportunity of being here. So, that's a cool mix."

Liverpool are expected to add Ryan Gravenberch to Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo to complete the long-awaited midfield rebuild that had to be accelerated due to surprise transfers for Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.

AuthorMichael EllisSourceLiverpool FC
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