Ally McCoist told talkSPORT Breakfast (15/07/23) that midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum’misses Liverpool and has struggled since leaving Anfield in 2021
As his contract with Liverpool expired in the summer of 2021, he joined PSG on a free transfer, and he is now on loan at Jose Mourinho’s Roma.
Wijnaldum, a midfielder with great intellect, dependability, and box-to-box qualities, is someone Jurgen Klopp could use right now, considering the club’s troubles, particularly in midfield.
When a player leaves a team, his worth and need inside the squad grow, and Wijnaldum is no exception right now.
But, while the Reds could use him right now, it hasn’t been easy for the player, who has had to contend with a long-term injury since leaving Merseyside.
Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist of talkSPORT discussed this ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League match against Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
“Wijnaldum was mentioned there, I saw him playing up front for Roma the other day,” Brazil stated. “Tammy Abraham was warming up.”
“He has truly struggled since he departed,” McCoist answered. It was incredible. They have unquestionably (missed him). I thought they missed him when he left Liverpool, but I think he misses them. It was ineffective.”
REFRESHING LIVERPOOL’S MIDFIELD
Liverpool will replace their midfield this summer, although a few years too late.
Some feel that immediately before Wijnaldum left, or throughout the summer when he was heading for the exit door, a few new faces should have been brought in.
Yet, for whatever reason, it didn’t happen, and Liverpool is now paying the price. The club will be praying that things do not worsen and that they do not finish outside of the top four, which would cost them when trying to acquire new players.
Jamie Carragher describes Liverpool’s ’embarrassing’ signing as a ‘waste of money.’
Liverpool’s midfield woes this season cannot be overstated.
When the summer window opens, Jurgen Klopp and his team will have to use their time and resources wisely.
With Carragher announcing the need to sign three midfielders over the next 12 months at the end of last season, it’s time to turn their attention to cheaper alternatives to the English teen.
Their transfer incompetence has been thrashed by supporters, and now Champions League winner Carragher has chastised the club for appearing ‘weak’ and ‘negligent’.
Jamie Carragher’s thoughts on Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher wrote for The Telegraph about how fans feel misled following their club’s withdrawal from their long-running Bellingham pursuit.
Despite their interest in Bellingham and Aurelien Tchouameni, Liverpool must have been aware of the urgent need for a midfield renewal, according to his comments.
Arthur Melo, a last-minute loan signing by Klopp Carragher has called a “embarrassing climbdown” and a “waste of money,” enters the picture at this point.
“That is [Klopp’s] biggest mistake on this issue and he knows it,” Carragher wrote for The Telegraph. “The big giveaway that he realised his error in not recruiting before the last pre-season was the last-minute scramble for Arthur Melo on the final day of last August’s transfer window.”
Liverpool, a team based in Anfield, justified their financial outlay as a means of buying time while searching for a longer-term, world-beating midfielder.
“That deal was a money-wasting climbdown and embarrassing. Liverpool was waiting for the longer-term goal, which was the justification at the time.
The Brazilian international’s stay in Merseyside, where he paid a loan fee of £3.9 million, has been one to forget.
Melo has mostly played for Liverpool’s Under-21 team, making just one appearance for the senior team in their 1-0 loss to Napoli.
Transfer insider Dean Jones told GIVEMESPORT that their loaned midfielder Melo has been nothing more than a “panic buy.”
Since joining from Italian powerhouse Juventus, Melo’s absence from Anfield matches has been primarily due to injury.
The Anfield hierarchy will have to accept this as yet another hiring blunder, but all eyes will be on their summer transfer activity now that their pursuit of one of the biggest prospects in world football has come to a shaming end.
Jurgen Klopp discusses Thiago Alcantara’s hip injury with Liverpool
According to Jurgen Klopp, Thiago Alcantara will be fit for the start of Liverpool’s 2023-24 preseason
The Spain international missed eight games earlier this year due to a complaint, and he will now miss the Reds’ final four games as they seek European qualification.
“Thiago will have surgery and is out for the rest of the season,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s match against Brentford at Anfield tomorrow.
“Yes [it’s the same problem].” Yes, Thiago is expected to return for the preseason. That is why we are doing it now.”
Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson is a doubt for the game against Brentford after suffering an injury in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Fulham. The Liverpool captain underwent a scan for a minor issue and is awaiting the results.
Roberto Firmino (muscle), Naby Keita (muscle), Stefan Bajcetic (adductor), and Calvin Ramsay (knee) are all out.
Liverpool are aiming for their sixth consecutive victory against Brentford, which would move them within one point of Manchester United in the Premier League top four race. If Klopp’s team had defeated the Bees, United would have played two more games.