Liverpool board guilty of creating unnecessary £50m problem which had simple resolution

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp discusses Thiago injury

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Liverpool were surprisingly quiet last summer in the transfer window despite hoards of rumours and speculation on who they would bring in. The biggest surprise of all came in not signing a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum.

Jurgen Klopp appeared happy with the options at his disposal when everybody is fit with a midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara seemingly the favoured options when everyone is available.

Liverpool have won every league game this season where Fabinho, Henderson and Thiago have started together.

But injuries and other issues have limited the midfield trio to just five league starts together this campaign.

Curtis Jones, Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all been called upon to step in on occasions while youngster Tyler Morton has also been given some unexpected opportunities.

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Klopp is renowned for utilising his full squad but it’s cost him at times with Keita struggling to put a run of games together while the other options are unable to step up to the level of Fabinho, Henderson and Thiago.

Some have argued that signing more attacking options is a bigger priority for Liverpool, particularly with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane competing at the Africa Cup of Nations.

But it’s been proven in the Premier League title race that having an abundance of top-class options in midfield are by and large key to a successful title charge.

Chelsea and Manchester City have always had world class options able to step in at a moments notice.

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Pep Guardiola had Kevin De Bruyne unavailable for large chunks last season, but Rodri, Fernandinho, Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva were all ready and available to step in without City losing their touch.

In contrast, Manchester United have failed to rectify their midfield situation for several years now with questions continuing to be asked on why replacements for Fred and Scott McTominay haven’t been signed.

Last summer, Yves Bissouma was the subject of intense interest from Liverpool with Brighton supposedly willing to listen to offers in the region of £40million.

But now, reports suggest that Brighton would only entertain bids in excess of £50m during the January transfer window.

Liverpool have shown a reluctance to spend big unless they feel it is an urgent matter.

Improving their options in central midfield in order to close the gap to City or improve their chances in the Champions League could arguably fall under that category.

But failing to sign Bissouma for £10m cheaper last summer has caused an unnecessary headache for Klopp moving forward.

There is the very real possibility that Bissouma will be available for far cheaper at the end of the season, with his contract expiring in 2023.

They may not get that chance to wait though with other clubs beginning to sniff around Bissouma’s situation.

And Liverpool may face a situation where they enter a bidding war which they will not want to participate in.

Making a move for Bissouma this month is made that bit tougher by the fact he’s representing Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations.

But his talents in the Premier League are there for all to see and he’d almost certainly make an instant impact on Klopp’s Liverpool squad.

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