Carra examines Liverpool deals, questions Wijnaldum

Matt Stead

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool have had an excellent summer transfer window, but is not sure where Georginio Wijnaldum fits in.

The Reds have signed six players on permanent deals so far, with only both Manchester clubs outspending their £67.9m outlay.

They have also sold, loaned out or released 25 players – more than any other Premier League club – as Jurgen Klopp continues his overhaul of the playing staff ahead of his first full season as manager.

Speaking to Sky Sports, pundit and club legend Carragher says he is impressed by the deals, and adds that the fact there is no definite first-choice striker will promote healthy competition.

“I don’t know if Daniel Sturridge will be the starting striker. Divock Origi played in a lot of the big games in Europe last season and has done well in pre-season,” Carragher said.

“Sadio Mane is a very good signing. He can play in any of the four positions in attack and it looks like he will play on the right for Liverpool.

“They lacked pace and goals from those attacking midfield positions last year but his record suggests he will fix that.

“Roberto Firmino has been praised by Klopp as the player of pre-season and he likes him as a centre-forward, so there’s no number one striker at Liverpool.

“There’s three or four players going for one or two positions, which is a good thing for the team because nobody can rest on their laurels.

“The individuals would like to see themselves as first choice and relax a little bit, but this situation will keep them on their toes.”

But Carragher is not sure where Wijnaldum, the £25m arrival from Newcastle, will play in Klopp’s system.

“I like Wijnaldum but I’m not quite sure where his best position is or where he will fit in,” he said.

“It looks like he will play tucked in on the left if Liverpool play a three-man central midfield – but if they don’t play that way then I struggle to see where he will fit in.

“Ragnar Klavan has done really well since he has come in. With Kolo Toure leaving and the situation with Sakho, that is really important.

“Joel Matip has been injured, but Klavan has performed better that we saw from Matip in the pre-season games so I expect him to start alongside Dejan Lovren.

“James Milner has a good understanding of the game and great fitness levels, but of course Liverpool need to sign a left-back.

“They have sold Brad Smith to Bournemouth and you need two players for every position so they need someone else alongside Alberto Moreno.

“Milner did a good job against Barcelona but you certainly wouldn’t to go into the season without one more recognised left-back.”