Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is facing one of the most challenging phases of his seven-year stint at Anfield.
His focus throughout his first few years in Merseyside was on building a squad that could rival Manchester City for trophies, so the setbacks that happened were expected and well managed.
Expectations have increased dramatically after he guided the team to Champions League and Premier League glory, amongst many other titles.
Up until Saturday’s 9-0 rout against Bournemouth, Liverpool had only collected two points from their first three league games. This suggests that Klopp may be about to make a transfer U-turn and go back to the market for a midfielder.
This marks a contrast from him recently claiming that Liverpool don’t need to make any more signings this summer, but with his midfield uncharacteristically moribund and overrun against Manchester United, it could be a decision which alters the Reds’ season.
Liverpool are definitely lacking options in the middle of the park with problems in midfield and injuries to players like Thiago, Naby Keita, and Curtis Jones.
Leandro Paredes of Paris Saint-Germain may be available for just €20 million (£17 million), and Liverpool’s owners FSG need to move quickly because the transfer window closes on Thursday. Klopp is reportedly interested in Paredes.
The Argentine, who made 15 appearances in Ligue 1 last season despite primarily playing in the defensive midfield position, has a range of attacking attributes that would make him a perfect fit in Liverpool’s engine room.
He averaged 68.1 touches per game while having an incredible 96% pass success rate, proving his importance in the PSG team, frequently circling the ball and constantly getting himself involved in the action.
He made 1.5 tackles per game, won back possession 0.5 times, and won 61% of his duels defensively, giving the back four adequate protection.
Given the sheer number of injuries at Anfield, Paredes and Fabinho could form a strong middle-of-the-field pairing. This could be essential to allowing Liverpool to regain control of games after three poor outings to start the season.
In an interview, former PSG star Fabrice Pancrate described Paredes as “perfect,” and the 28-year-old’s efforts last season backed up this high praise.
It’s a tense time for Liverpool supporters as the clock ticks down on the summer transfer window, which shuts on Thursday, but Klopp could solve his midfield problem with a late swoop for the Argentine.