There were very few flaws in Liverpool’s attempt to win the Premier League title last season, but one area where they could improve on is the seven draws they picked up. If they had converted one of those into a win they would have been crowned champions.
One of the reasons for dropping points in those games could be attributed to the lack of firepower from midfield.
Out of the central midfielders currently at the club, James Milner was the highest scorer in the league with five goals. Georginio Wijnaldum scored three, Naby Keita bagged two, while Fabinho and Jordan Henderson both scored just one.
Bringing in a goalscoring midfielder could well prove beneficial for Liverpool so let’s look at five possible candidates:
1) Kai Havertz
A player that has been on Liverpool’s radar in the past, the 20-year-old is a very exciting young talent who would fit in perfectly at Anfield.
Havertz scored 20 goals in all competitions last season, mostly playing either as a number ten or from the right flank. The midfielder would be expensive, though, with Bayern Munich having reportedly had a €90m offer rejected already this summer.
2) Bruno Fernandes
The Reds, Manchester United and Tottenham have all been looking at the 24-year-old, and it is not really surprising considering he scored 32 goals last campaign.
There are, though, questions over whether he can translate that scoring record from Portugal to a higher profile league.
3) Donny van de Beek
The 22-year-old really came into his own for Ajax last campaign, scoring 17 goals and providing 13 assists in 57 appearances.
Van de Beek helped his side to the semi-finals of the Champions League as well as putting in some excellent performances as Ajax clinched the Eredivisie title. The Dutch international could be available for €50m (£45m).
4) Nicolo Zaniolo
The Roma attacking midfielder may have only scored six goals last season, but at 20 years of age, he has potential to score a fair few more.
Zaniolo only made his breakthrough at senior level over the past twelve months but could be sold by Roma following their failure to qualify for the Champions League.
5) Giovani Lo Celso
Heavily linked with both Tottenham and Manchester United, the Argentinian international had a superb season with Real Betis, bagging 16 goals in all competitions.
Lo Celso reportedly has a price tag of £70m, but at 23 years of age, he would be a player with the potential to improve even further.