Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has urged Jurgen Klopp to pursue revitalised Newcastle ace Joelinton to remedy their issues in the middle of the park.
The Merseyside club are actively in the market for midfield reinforcements after Klopp admitted he was “wrong” for previously not wanting to strengthen the position, but his stance has since changed owing largely to one or two injury concerns.
Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones are all currently sidelined for the Reds, meaning Liverpool are looking rather light in a position where they tend to deploy three players in Klopp’s staunch 4-3-3 system.
Jordan Henderson, 32, and James Milner, 36, meanwhile have struggled to produce the kind of performances that will ensure the club are competing with Manchester City for the Premier League title, with the Merseysiders winning just one of their opening four matches.
Brighton boss Graham Potter has already batted away suggestions that Liverpool could lure midfield wonder Moises Caicedo to Anfield, saying that their reported £42m bid would only get you “his boots for that”, emphasising the difficulty to secure players at this late stage of the transfer window.
But, Hamann believes Liverpool should test Newcastle’s resolve with a bid for repurposed No. 8 Joelinton, who has proven a revelation in Eddie Howe’s side since being re-calibrated as a box-to-box midfielder rather than an out-of-sorts striker.
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“I watched Newcastle United versus Manchester City last week and looking at that I think they need a midfielder with presence,” Hamann told GGRecon.
“You look at Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Thiago, they’re all similar, tidy players.
“I think they could do with someone like Joelinton from Newcastle. I think he’s someone who’s technically gifted, who’s a big lad, and has a great strike on him. I think that’s the type of player they miss.
“Whether you can get him now with a few days of the transfer window left to go, I’m not too sure. If there’s one area where they could do with a player, it’s in midfield.”