Liverpool have been urged to resolve their lack of creativity in midfield by penalizing a deal Jurgen Klopp would love with Real Madrid star Toni Kroos.
Liverpool’s lack of creativity emerged from their midfield on Thursday night. Despite being reduced to 10 men for over 65 minutes, Arsenal managed to fend off Liverpool at Anfield with amazing ease.
It was the second time this season that the Reds toiled in vain against 10 players. They also failed to score against Chelsea in late August after the Blues were reduced to 10 after Reece James saw the red in the first half.
Thiago Alcantara was brought in to spark creativity in Klopp’s masterful midfield. However, the Spaniard has constantly struggled with a variety of injuries since leaving Bayern Munich.
Wednesday, Spanish port the National Liverpool set the framework to sign the prestigious Real Madrid veteran, Toni Kroos.
The 32-year-old reportedly wants to end his career at the Bernabeu. However, Real may see things differently and choose not to offer a new contract. The current German deal expires in the summer of 2023.
The club appreciates Kroos’ continued value and impact on the team. However, the report He claimed that Real Madrid are aware that they are “impeding the progress” of Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga.
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The duo, 23 and 19 respectively, represent the far-reaching future of the Madrid midfield despite Kroos’ importance. As such, the outlet claims Liverpool could pounce on the midfielder.
Reds coach Jurgen Klopp He would be “happy” to work with his German colleague. Likewise, Cross is said to be seriously considering the opportunity to link up with the manager.
Liverpool’s interest in the midfielder is “very serious”. As a result, they would be willing to offer €30m (£25m) to sign him – and Klopp would offer him a ‘leading role’ in the squad.
In light of that news, former Premier League striker Noel Whelan has suggested that Kroos’ move may be just what Liverpool need.
“Think [Liverpool] He needs more in the midfield area.” Whelan told Football Insider.
Watching last night (against Arsenal in the European Football League Cup), they need someone with a little creativity. They can sometimes be very robotic and they need someone who has a little something special.
“Someone can see the pass very quickly before it happens. Maybe try something a little different. Passing balls between attackers instead of safe passing and holding the ball.
“Someone would take that little risk with a pass, like [Kevin] De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva. These are the players you need on your side.
“Toni Kroos has been a proven player for over a decade now. In an international setting, he is a very, very, very respected player.
“It would be like having another Thiago. Add that experience in the locker room and in the training ground.”
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Meanwhile, Klopp provided an update on Divock Origi’s fitness ahead of Brentford’s visit to the Premier League at the weekend, along with the three updates he experienced in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Thursday night.
Speaking before the clash with Bees, the German revealed that the 26-year-old Origi is on the cusp of a comeback after a knee injury.
Klopp said: “We will probably see that [Origi] So. Yesterday he was running outside and he looked really good. It wouldn’t be too far away.”
As for other injuries, Klopp revealed that the Reds are currently in good shape.
He added: “As far as I know, no real new injuries. Knockouts last night, Verg, Robow, Millie. But right after the match, the medical team said everyone was fine. We’ll see. No injuries yet. The same team is available.”
The match against Brentford will be Klopp’s 350th match for the club, something he learned about in his press conference.
He concluded: “I’m really happy and proud of the things we’ve achieved here so far, but I don’t even think about that for a moment. The next match is really crucial. When you’re a manager here in all competitions, everyone expects to win the next match.”
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