Liverpool will not change their plans to strengthen in midfield

Liverpool will not change their plans to bolster midfield this summer despite the rise of Harvey Elliott and Stefan Bajcetic with Jude Bellingham still Jurgen Klopp’s top target – while Mason Mount and Matheus Nunes are also on the Reds manager’s radar

  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp still intends to strengthen in midfield this summer 
  • Youngsters Harvey Elliott and Stefan Bajcetic have both made solid progress 
  • Klopp wants to strengthen, with Jude Bellingham remaining his main target 

Jurgen Klopp is committed to replenishing Liverpool’s midfield this summer and will not change his plans due to the progress of Harvey Elliott and Stefan Bajcetic.

Elliott produced his best performance of the season in last Sunday’s 7-0 demolition of Manchester United and the faith Klopp has in him is highlighted by the fact the 19-year-old has played in every Premier League so far, a run that will be continued at Bournemouth.

Bajcetic has made huge strides since Christmas and signed a new deal in January with Klopp adamant the 18-year-old Spaniard will have a huge future at Anfield. They will be given more and more responsibility by Liverpool’s manager in the coming months.

But Klopp is adamant that Liverpool will strengthen a key area of their team in the next window: Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham remains the prime target, with Liverpool doing all they can to be at the front of the queue, to win his signature.

Chelsea’s Mason Mount also has many admirers at Anfield, as does Matheus Nunes, the Wolves midfielder. With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita expected to leave and James Milner also out of contract, Liverpool need bodies and quality to bolster their engine room.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains intent on strengthening in midfield this summer

Klopp wants to bolster his midfield despite the progress made by youngster Harvey Elliott (left) and Stefan Bajetic (right)

‘We know exactly what we need,’ said Klopp. ‘That didn’t change. I wouldn’t say when we started our planning in September/October that Stefan was necessarily involved in all of these talks but of course he is now. It would be crazy if not. That’s how it always was and always will be.

‘Stefan is a top player and we are really happy that when we had to improve defensively his defensive contribution is really interesting for each football team. He is a really smart player with good vision, good over view, good technique, but that has nothing to do (with transfer plans).

‘We need players. We count on them definitely, of course [for next season]. It’s good and there’s a lot to come from the boys, both of them, it’s good.. That is very, very helpful and pretty much the most important thing but that does not mean we cannot have a look in the summer.’ 

Liverpool have already revamped their forward line, with the arrivals of Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo supplementing Diogo Jota’s development, meaning they are transitioning from the goal-filled era of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, who will leave in June.

‘It is not possible to replicate (Mane, Salah, Firmino) because it was a special relationship,’ said Klopp. 

‘It worked out very well. Everybody could play to his 100 per cent strength, I would say. The system we found for the boys helped them all, they would see it exactly the same way.’

Borussia Dortmund and England star Jude Bellingham remains the prime target for Liverpool

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