Despite calls for Liverpool to sign a new defensive midfielder this summer, Jurgen Klopp seems content with his current options.
Henderson’s role as Klopp’s deep-lying midfielder came under questioning in particular, with the captain struggling to dictate play with incision.
Furthermore, Henderson and Wijnaldum both struggled in the defensive sector, proving more passive than progressive off the ball.
But while with under two weeks left of the summer transfer window there has been a widespread clamouring for Klopp to add both a defensive midfielder and a left-back to his squad, speaking at the weekend the German insisted one defeat would not change his plans.
“If one game should change my mind then I would be a real idiot,” he said, “I know you [reporters] would all buy a left-back, but a midfielder [too]?”
“I love your job because we can have the ball and then we need to be the best fighters.
“The answer is I don’t know—we will see.”
With Klopp naming both Can and Lucas as options at the base of his midfield, it seems unlikely that he will dip into the market to add another before August 31.
The Reds were tentatively linked with a move for AS Roma’s Leandro Paredes on Sunday, but the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce has suggested there is little substance to these claims.
Adding a player like Paredes would be a positive move for Klopp, with Liverpool lacking bite in the midfield.
But the German seems more focussed on developing Can as his first-choice holding option, with the 22-year-old’s back issues keeping him from reaching full fitness in the first weeks of 2016/17.
This lineup should highlight the options at Klopp’s disposal, but there remain concerns over the quality of his defensive-midfield ranks.