After suffering a poor start to last season, Liverpool began to revamp its midfielders during this summer’s transfer market. Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo, and Ryan Gravenberch were welcomed into the team.
Meanwhile, experienced midfielders left the team. James Milner, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left at the end of their contracts, while Jordan Henderson and Fabinho sought new homes in Saudi Arabia.
Similarly, there has been a steady generational change in the forwards, with Roberto Firmino also leaving. Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez, and Cody Gakpo have been acquired in quick succession, and up-and-coming Ben Doak has shown promise.
Manager Jurgen Klopp says the new summer additions have brought a different energy to the team, and he is enjoying every day building the team that is being replaced as he prepares for his second chapter at Liverpool.
“It gives me completely new energy. It’s great, this team has a completely new set-up. I loved everything about the seven years before but obviously we all need energy sources and looking at these faces every day to see how much they enjoy the new challenge gives me energy as well.”
“I know it is words, but it feels like that. We don’t want to compare or think, ‘how did they do that?’ or whatever: we try to give this team a chance to create their own destiny. That is what we decided, that is what we live now and that is how it works so far, I don’t know where it will lead to but it is good fun anyway.”