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Opinion: Liverpool need to buy a playmaker this summer

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Let’s talk about the European champions and name the type of player they need to buy in the transfer market.

Liverpool have obviously had an amazing 2018-19 campaign, winning their sixth Champions League crown.

The Reds also won record-breaking 97 points, but still failed to finally lift the Premier League, missing out on the title by a single point.

However, the season is over now and they need to start preparing for the next one. Their summer has been pretty quiet so far, signing only the 17-year old Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle.

We are not really sure about Liverpool’s investment plans for this summer as there aren’t any serious speculations so far, but we believe failing to sign a playmaker would be a big mistake.

To be honest, Jurgen Klopp’s ‘heavy metal’ football doesn’t really require that type of player, as it is more like a ‘run and gun’ style where the players press high and move the ball quickly. But still, it was evident during the previous campaign that the club lacks that kind of player, someone who can hold the ball in his feet and dictate the flow of the game.

Liverpool’s style of playing is perfect when they face stronger teams, as they can counter-attack them and create chances easily through the wings. However, they’ve faced some difficulties when they played against more defensive teams and sometimes got away thanks to their winning mentality, netting the winner in the final moments.

If the Reds don’t want to face the same troubles in the future, all they have to do, in our opinion, is to get themselves a creative midfielder.

They have Henderson and Fabinho in midfield who are actually defensive players, Milner and Wijnaldum – all-around players who are quite energetic, but not the best with the ball and Naby Keita, who didn’t really play on his top level in his debut season at Anfield.

Finding the perfect playmaker would not be easy for Jurgen Klopp and his scouting team, as there are only a few available in the market, but we believe they desperately need this type of midfielder if they want to compete with Manchester City next season.

Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon might be an option, as well as resigning Coutinho, who is obviously not happy at Barcelona. Christian Eriksen is also available, but there is almost no chance of Tottenham allowing him to sign for another club in the Premier League.

Which creative midfielder would you like to see at Liverpool next season and do you think the Reds would still be competitive even if they don’t sign a playmaker this summer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.