James Milner and Naby Keita have left the team due to expiring contracts, while Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have passed the prime of their careers due to age. Liverpool moved to leverage their midfielders and brought in Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai to provide a certain lineup.
Apart from strengthening the midfield, Liverpool may also look to acquire a left-handed center back to add options as well as a generational change at backline. Wolfsburg defender Micky van de Ven and Sporting defender Gonzalo Inácio are among the candidates, while Chelsea defender Levi Colwill is also a strong candidate.
The 20-year-old center back, whose performances led England’s U-21 side to the final at the U-21 European Championship 2023, has developed during loan spells at Huddersfield and Brighton and will be competing for a position at Stamford Bridge next season.
Chelsea are hoping to renew a contract with the player, who is under contract until 2025, but negotiations are not going well as he wants to be treated as a regular. Understanding the precarious situation, Liverpool has made multiple attempts to contact the player and has also made an approach to Chelsea, Football London reported.
Chelsea, who have rejected two offers from Brighton, where he spent last season on loan, would not budge from Liverpool’s approach and are trying to convince him to sign a new contract.
It remains to be seen whether he can be a starter at Anfield, but he is expected to be higher in the pecking order than Matip and Gomez, and could well be the third best center back.
Chelsea’s ownership, which has changed since last season, has repeatedly made unreasonable reinforcements and has released a large number of players this summer. Still, there are many left-handed players, such as Marc Cucurella and Benoît Badiashile, who can also play center back, and there is no telling how far they can go in the game.
The player has been playing for Chelsea since the U-9 team, but he could follow in the footsteps of Mason Mount, who moved to Manchester United this summer.
The English midfielder, who decided not to extend his contract by fear for his opportunities due to the massive reinforcements and distrust of the ownership team, was forced to sell in this summer’s transfer market to avoid a free transfer.
Levi Colwill could be in a similar situation next summer, and his club would like to get a deal done as soon as possible to avoid the same situation. In addition to Liverpool, Manchester City is also interested, and his ability is recognized by Klopp and Guardiola, two of the world’s leading coaches.
What will become of the career of the England U-21 center back?