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CASE OVER! – Liverpool already have two players in sight for transfer rebuild as ”next Bellingham alternative”

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Liverpool may already have two options ahead of the summer makeover, while the Reds may already have new Jew Bellingham in their sights.

Liverpool’s dwindling hopes of securing Champions League football could build on tomorrow’s outing at Anfield as they prepare to host Arsenal.

After returning from the international break last weekend, their fortunes certainly haven’t improved as defeat to Manchester City and a lackluster draw with Chelsea left their chances of a place in the top four in the league. Premier League hanging by a thread.

And it doesn’t get any easier when leaders head to Merseyside. Liverpool will have to tear up the forms book if they are to secure the victory their season desperately needs at this stage with 10 games remaining. Things already look pretty bleak for their hopes for European football next season – even the Europa League doesn’t look certain at this stage – and the focus could already be on the summer transfer window.

A major overhaul is undoubtedly on the horizon and the subject was touched on in two of our stories today, looking at two of the options already in place while touting a promising young prospect.

Two signatures already at the heart of the conversion

Anyone with a red conviction is probably counting the days until the summer transfer window opens, which is how this season has gone.

There will be plenty of work for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool once they are given the green light to refresh their squad. Jude Bellingham has priority, of course, but a lot more is needed alongside the Borussia Dortmund superstar. But while a squad overhaul is undoubtedly needed, Klopp may already have a few pieces that could help him turn things around, whether or not his team has the Champions League for next season.

Two players brought from Liverpool to Anfield last summer, Fábio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay, could be key players.

‘Next Bellingham’ already in sight

As mentioned, Bellingham is the ultimate prize for Liverpool this summer. It certainly won’t be easy and it will take a lot of money and effort to fend off Manchester City and Real Madrid, but the England international is seen as key to solving many of the Reds’ problems.

It’s easy to forget that Bellingham is only 19, such is his reputation as one of the best midfielders in the world. And it’s a credit to his first club, Birmingham City, who have apparently been on the production line of top talent.

The latest to be touted for the top is George Hall, who is already being talked about as a target for Liverpool. At just 18 and with an attractive price tag to boot, the Reds could already be well on their way to finding the next Bellingham.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold has assisted two goals in his last two games and one aspect of the moves show the value of his change of position that Liverpool can capitalize on.

After a season spent largely moaning and whining about Liverpool’s midfield, supporters were reeling from the tactical possibilities offered by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s change of position. He doesn’t end the debate over whether the 24-year-old should remain at right-back or move to midfield permanently, but has suggested he could fill both roles simultaneously.

In their games with Arsenal and Leeds, the Reds utilized something of a 3-2-5 system in possession, with Alexander-Arnold joining Fabinho in the centre-pair, while Andy Robertson formed a back three with the pair of central defence.

You’ve probably seen some of the ridiculous stats Liverpool’s No. 66 has been able to post from this new position at Elland Road. According to OptaJoe, Alexander-Arnold has become just the fourth player to have at least two assists and 100+ passes with over 90 per cent accuracy since Premier League records began in 2003, according to the report. album.

The funny thing is that it was one of his 12 bad passes that indirectly led to the first goal. The England international played the ball forward but when it was picked up by Junior Firpo, Alexander-Arnold was able to collect the ball, move forward and eventually assist Cody Gakpo in much the same way as the pair combined against Everton.

The second goal scored by the Liverpool right-back on Monday night was also somewhat familiar. From relatively close to the center circle, Alexander-Arnold played a diagonal pass which allowed Darwin Núñez to score, as he did against Wolves and Newcastle. Only two Liverpool combinations have scored more goals this season and Alexander-Arnold can find the Uruguayan more often from his changed position.

Alexander-Arnold may also be in space in the central regions, opening up another interesting avenue. Whilst the center of the pitch is clearly congested at times, if the opposition are defending deep against Liverpool, as they usually are, there could be some prime real estate available for the Reds’ sharpest passer.

Revisit Núñez’s goal at Leeds. Alexander-Arnold received the ball in the center circle and then carried it forward to find a better angle for the pass to Núñez. It was far from the most exciting dribble you’ve ever seen, although Georginio Rutter held up well. Far more pleasing to the eye was the way the Liverpool defender embarrassed Oleksandr Zinchenko in front of the Kop before assisting Roberto Firmino against Arsenal.

It is in the nature of football data that two very different actions can be captured as identical, and that is the case here. Either way, Alexander-Arnold carried the ball at least five yards before scoring a goal, as he had earlier in the campaign at Brentford and Newcastle. His tally of four assists per carries is third in the Premier League this season, behind Kevin De Bruyne (with six) and Dejan Kulusevski (five), according to Opta Analyst.

With this pair creating around three times the chances of a carry, it’s fair to wonder if Alexander-Arnold was lucky enough to rack up the assists he got from them. But while teammate completion determines creative outcomes, in all four cases Opta rated the odds as clear, meaning you expect the player taking the shot to score.

It’s also interesting to see who else has an average carry distance of less than 10 yards – Trent comes in at 9.15 – while assisting at least two goals on those runs of at least five yards: Cheick Doucouré, Christian Eriksen and Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg. This is clearly the domain of central midfielders and Alexander-Arnold shows he can dribble the ball and help his teammates with the best of them. The tactical potential of his last shift is delicious.

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