Klopp may have just unearthed Liverpool's next Coutinho in £120k-p/w "magician" - opinion


Liverpool have made an excellent start to the 2023/24 Premier League season after falling by the wayside last year, now restored and focused on continuing the illustrious success under Jurgen Klopp's management.

The Reds finished fifth last season to sever a seven-year streak in the Champions League - reaching three finals and winning one - leading many to believe that Klopp's ship had run its course and the end was nigh, but a resounding summer of transfer business has rekindled the fire at Anfield's core.

They currently trail table-toppers Tottenham Hotspur by three points after ten matches played, but at this early stage performance and application is of a greater weight than the standings.

One of the most important jobs of the summer was rebuilding a midfield that had run its course and was no longer fit for purpose, rusty and beyond repair.

The legs had gone, and quite simply the players at Klopp's disposal could not perform to the requisite standard and intensity to turbo-charge his system.

Arriving were newer, shinier stars looking to impress and contribute to the resurgence on Merseyside, and so far the performances on the pitch have verified the decisions made across the summer months.

Alexis Mac Allister has been the metronomic heartbeat in the deep-lying midfield, not quite enrapturing the Liverpool support yet but performing admirably in a less-favoured No. 6 placement.

Ryan Gravenberch looks like a real prospect and has started to edge his way up the pecking order after struggling with Bayern Munich last year in the Bundesliga; Wataru Endo too has so far proved to be the astute buy required, and while he doesn't start every game, his presence in the squad has been important, notably scoring in Europe last week.

None, however, have surpassed the brilliance of Dominik Szoboszlai in the centre of the park, with perhaps Mohamed Salah's ridiculous efforts in the final third topping the effect of the "Hungarian artist" - as he has been hailed by talent scout Jacek Kulig for his stunning start to the life on English shores.

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