Liverpool's long-term future looks bright: Luis Diaz, Harvey Elliott…
There has been a lot of excitement generated at Liverpool in recent weeks due to the way in which Luis Diaz has settled into the team following his move from Porto in the January transfer window, as the Reds have continued with a plan that has been a few years in the making.
Former Liverpool player and current pundit Danny Murphy thinks that Jurgen Klopp’s side have found a long-term answer to replacing their golden trio of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
“When you look at the youngsters Klopp is bringing in, you can see he is trying to mix things up and change things a little bit,” Murphy said on talkSPORT.
“Luis Diaz looked tremendous [against Leicester]; you’ve got Harvey Elliott on the way back; Curtis Jones is getting back to his best; Ibrahima Konate is young; [Diogo] Jota is firing in goals.
“You can see it’s a bit of a long-term plan going on with Liverpool at the moment.”
Murphy singled out the success that Diogo Jota has had since joining Liverpool from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2020.
“People say Jota is a No.9 now, but these guys play all over the place – he’s on the left, he’s on the right, he’s through the middle. He’s just got this wonderful knack of gliding into great areas,” he continued.
“His goals to games ratio is phenomenal and his technique… he’s so calm around the box.”
“He was the first player to come into Liverpool and get people discussing that the front three of Firmino, Salah and Mane might not have to be the answer for the next five years.”
Planning for the future
One of the main successes of Klopp as a manager is his ability to bed in talented players at the right time, with the right approach.
This was the case with Salah, Mane and Firmino, and it looks to have been the case with Jota so far, who has proven that he can lead the team in the absence of the iconic front three.
Diaz has looked comfortable since making the 50 million pound switch to Liverpool in January, with the Reds appearing as though they have preparing well for life after their front three who fired them to the Champions League and Premier League.
Liverpool were also linked with Fulham prodigy Fabio Carvalho in the January transfer window but ran out of time to confirm the signing in another transfer that would see them further prepare for the future.
Judging by their recent signings and recent success under Klopp, it feels that there is a clear plan in place that enables Liverpool to continue competing with any club in world football.