A journalist believes Liverpool signing Youri Tielemans would “make sense” after two more potential midfield snares for which they would not “get much change from £130million”.
Liverpool’s midfield has been in line for criticism this season. That can be said for much of the squad, but some areas have suffered worse than others.
For much of the campaign, the Reds have been below their usual standards. Only recently – after a six-game winning streak – have they climbed into a respectable position of fifth.
That the midfield is ageing is probably holding the Reds back. Indeed, the majority of the midfield options that have played in the side for the past few seasons are either above 30, or soon to reach that mark.
While that works for sides like Real Madrid, their key men are of a much higher standard than Liverpool’s. The centre of the park is going stale for the Reds, and that’s seemingly been identified by Jurgen Klopp.
A number of younger, more exciting midfielders have been linked with his side. Jude Bellingham was the main name on that last, before Liverpool dropped out to prioritise a fuller rebuild.
Premier League midfielders Alexis Mac Allister and Mason Mount have both been heavily linked. It would not be a surprise if either, or both, of those stars joined.
Tielemans has also been tipped for a move to Anfield, with his Leicester City contract up at the end of the campaign.
Tielemans ‘makes sense’ after £130million outlay
Journalist James Pearce feels a move for Tielemans would be a smart one from Liverpool, and it could potentially be made alongside those of Mac Allister and Mount.
“Yeah, Tielemans I would put in the bracket of being a possibility just because he’s free. I think if you were talking about a significant fee for him then probably not,” he said on the Walk On Podcast.
“Let’s say Liverpool sign Mac Allister and Mount, you’re not getting much change out of £130m, and then Tielemans would make sense.”
Indeed, while Tielemans was tipped for a big move this time last year, Mac Allister seems to have overtaken him in the pecking order of star players at smaller clubs who are in line for a big move.
What’s more, Mount is sure to be the subject of a transfer to a big side if Chelsea let him go.
Tielemans a great asset for Liverpool on a free
As Pearce mentions, Tielemans would be a great option on a free. He’s remained one of Leicester’s most influential assets this season despite some underwhelming performances as a side.
The Belgian has scored three league goals and assisted once, as well as captaining the side on a number of occasions. A move to a bigger side would likely elevate his form and allow him to contribute aptly to his new club.
Were Liverpool to sign Mac Allister and Mount, he may not be a started very frequently. However, as a free transfer, he’d be a great option off the bench, to inject some more quality when legs are tired.
The Reds would suddenly have a much fresher and more exciting midfield with just one or two of those signings, even if not all three join. However, Tielemans might favour a move to a side who aren’t on the hunt for two other star midfielders.
Indeed, he’ll want to play as much as possible for his new side, and with sides such as Tottenham, Arsenal and Roma in the mix, a move to any of those sides could be more likely.