Mohammed Salah was finally unveiled as a Liverpool player on Thursday, yielding overwhelming feelings of positivity amongst the Anfield faithful. When deployed alongside Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, Liverpool will boast perhaps the fastest and deadliest midfield three in the entire league. It is, undeniably, a strong start to the summer transfer window as the Reds aspire to once more become regular participants in the Champions League.
Pictured here in action for Algeria at the 2014 World Cup against Belgium, apparent Liverpool target Faouzi Ghoulam could be a vital cog in the Liverpool squad and provide better balance across the pitch.
A verdict – and some viable alternatives
A new left-back is now Jurgen Klopp’s number one priority, since Alberto Moreno has long been out of favour at Anfield, and his departure is seemingly inevitable. Napoli remain superior to several clubs that once dominated the Italian top flight, including Lazio and the two Milan clubs, over whom Maurizio Sarri’s men finished with ease in the 2016/17 edition of Serie A. Valued at around £15m, Ghoulam would bring a high work rate, and his stamina levels most certainly played a significant part in Napoli’s high finish. He would also add a much greater degree of balance across the present day Liverpool side.
There are few sights more iconic than a packed Anfield under the floodlights, as a fervent crowd prepare to behold some of the finest talents in Europe.
A move has already been mooted, but Liverpool will not be without stiff competition for the Algerian fullback’s signature. Should he be lured elsewhere, then other names such as Benjamin Mendy and Ryan Sessegnon may once more garner the media’s relentless spotlight.
It has already been established that Liverpool are not interested in Mendy, despite the Frenchman being included in the 2016/17 Ligue 1 team of the season. In any case, all signs point to Mendy becoming a Manchester City player. As for Sessegnon, the Fulham youngster is clearly talented, but a successful step up from the FL Championship to the Champions League is a relative rarity – and Liverpool need to make clear signs of progress soon.