Journalist Fabrizio Romano says more incoming midfield signings are likely this summer, especially with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho potentially moving on.
It has been an extremely busy few days at Anfield, with some high-profile exit rumours emerging from nowhere, much to the surprise of Reds supporters.
Henderson looks set to be on the verge of a shock move to Saudi Arabia, linking up with Steven Gerrard at Ettifaq FC and bringing to an end 12 years on Merseyside.
Meanwhile, Fabinho has also strongly been linked with a move to the same country, with the Brazilian a shadow of his former self last season and possibly peaking as a player.
Should the pair of Liverpool legends move on this summer, the need for further midfield reinforcements is obvious, with Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai already coming in.
Taking to Twitter, Romano provided an update on the situation, saying that Southampton youngster Romeo Lavia remains a target, while other midfielders could also come in:
“Liverpool are actively working to sign a new midfielder – this has always been the plan even before Al Ettifaq bid for Henderson. Romeo Lavia on the list since two weeks ago but still no official bid. Liverpool are also working on other options.”
Our thoughts on Romano’s update on Liverpool’s midfield…
It has certainly been a crazy period at Liverpool, with Henderson’s seemingly imminent exit almost hard to comprehend, having been such a great servant down the years.
While his playing time was clearly going to become more limited next season and beyond, he is still good enough to play a squad role, much in the way James Milner did before he joined Brighton, and he seemed to be raring to go in pre-season training.
Meanwhile, Fabinho leaving would also come as a shock, even though his form was poor last season. At 29, he is far from old, but a big-money bid for him could see the club find it difficult to turn down.
Should both leave, it is absolutely essential that at least two more midfielders join Liverpool before the start of the new Premier League season, with Lavia an ideal option and one more joining him, if not two.
Real Madrid’s Aurelien Tchouameni could be an ideal fit, having been wanted by the Reds last summer, while Moises Caicedo may also be targeted, should his head be turned by Liverpool over Chelsea.