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The 11 players to watch at Euro 2024 – 4 ex-Liverpool & 7 transfer links

ThisIsAnfield.com - 2 hours 2 min ago

With Euro 2024 upon us, we have named 11 non-Liverpool players that you should be watching at the tournament.

Ten Liverpool players are taking part in this summer’s European Championships and you can read all about them in our guide to the tournament here.

However, this list offers you an alternative list of names to keep an eye on as you aim to satisfy your footballing needs during the break from club football.

The ex-Reds

 Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a training session at the Dalga Arena on day one of their UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a training session at the Dalga Arena on day one of their UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Surprisingly, there are just four former Liverpool players taking part in this summer’s Euros, with one of those a late call-up for Germany.

That man is Emre Can, who only made the squad after Bayern Munich’s Aleksandar Pavlovic was forced to withdraw with tonsillitis.

Despite not being first-choice, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder has already made an impact at the tournament, scoring a late goal against Scotland after replacing Toni Kroos with 10 minutes remaining.

Elsewhere, two of Liverpool’s Premier League winners are in action – Xherdan Shaqiri represents Switzerland and Gini Wijnaldum joins Liverpool’s current Dutch trio.

The other ex-Red is a surprise name you may have forgotten played for Liverpool, Peter Gulacsi. The Hungarian goalkeeper was around the club from 2008 to 2013, never making an appearance.

After loan spells at Hereford, Tranmere and Hull, he left for Red Bull Salzburg having made the Liverpool first team bench 51 times.

Gulacsi has played for RB Leipzig since 2015 and played 71 matches for Hungary, including their Euro 2024 opener – a 3-1 defeat to Switzerland in which Shaqiri didn’t make it on as a substitute.

Linked in the transfer market

 Borussia Dortmund's Nico Schlotterbeck, almost lost in the yellow smoke, during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg game between Chelsea FC and Borussia Dortmund at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea won 2-0, 2-1 on aggregate. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Borussia Dortmund's Nico Schlotterbeck, almost lost in the yellow smoke, during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg game between Chelsea FC and Borussia Dortmund at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea won 2-0, 2-1 on aggregate. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Most of these players have been very loosely linked to the Reds, but they are well worth watching as they will be among the next big stars of European football.

Nico Schlotterbeck – Germany & Borussia Dortmund

Schlotterbeck didn’t feature against Scotland in Germany’s 5-1 win, but did go to Euro 2024 expecting to play a part.

He was selected off the back of an impressive season for Borussia Dortmund in which he played all but one game on their road to the Champions League final.

He is in a high percentile for every ball-playing metric along with tackles (93rd), interceptions (71st) and blocks (87th), having shone with Dortmund in the campaign just gone.

 
David Hancko – Slovakia & Feyenoord

 Wales' Tyler Roberts (L) challenges for the ball against Slovakia's Dávid Hancko (R) during the opening UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Group E match between Wales and Slovakia at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by Gareth Davies/Propaganda)

 Wales' Tyler Roberts (L) challenges for the ball against Slovakia's Dávid Hancko (R) during the opening UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Group E match between Wales and Slovakia at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by Gareth Davies/Propaganda)

Hancko is a player Liverpool have been rumoured to be interested in even before Arne Slot took over from Jurgen Klopp.

With 93 appearances across his last two campaigns, he isn’t injury prone and suits the mould of a left-sided defender that Liverpool are looking to acquire.

Hancko’s agent claimed the Reds held interest interest when he spoke to TN.cz in January, and the arrival of Slot could enhance that.

Goncalo Inacio – Portugal & Sporting CP

2K9F8NJ Goncalo Inacio of Sporting CP - Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting CP, UEFA Champions League, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, UK - 26th October 2022

2K9F8NJ Goncalo Inacio of Sporting CP - Tottenham Hotspur v Sporting CP, UEFA Champions League, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, UK - 26th October 2022

Another defender on the list, Inacio made his way through the Portuguese youth ranks before being awarded his debut in November 2021.

After three strong seasons playing for Ruben Amorim’s Sporting, he will play in his first international tournament this summer, but may not start under Roberto Martinez.

His competitors for a starting spot in Portugal’s defence include Pepe, Ruben Dias and 20-year-old Benfica centre-half Antonio Silva, who is also worth watching.

Joao Neves – Portugal & Benfica

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Neves is another of Portugal’s talented young players whom Martinez has trusted to slot into his senior squad.

The midfielder has even been predicted to start by many, which would see him potentially keep Matheus Nunes and Ruben Neves out of the team.

A move for him by Liverpool could be scuppered by the fact he reportedly has a release clause of over £100 million.

Johan Bakayoko – Belgium & PSV Eindoven

 PSV Eindhoven's Johan Bakayoko during the UEFA Champions League Group B game between PSV Eindhoven and Arsenal FC at the Philips Stadion. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 PSV Eindhoven's Johan Bakayoko during the UEFA Champions League Group B game between PSV Eindhoven and Arsenal FC at the Philips Stadion. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Bakayoko is one of those names that is frequently mentioned on the rumour pages of the internet, so we’ve included him on this list as he will likely end up at another top club, if not Liverpool.

Playing as a right winger, he excelled for PSV in their Eredivisie-winning team this season. From the right, he scored 14 and assisted 14 goals in 47 matches.

Liverpool have been linked to several right-sided forwards already this summer and Bakayoko fits the profile the Reds are targeting, as a left-footed attacker with an eye for goal.

Milos Kerkez – Serbia & Bournemouth

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) gets past Bournemouth's Milos Kerkez during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) gets past Bournemouth's Milos Kerkez during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and AFC Bournemouth at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kerkez might not be an exciting name to sign, but he could be a smart acquisition should Liverpool decide to pursue the Bournemouth left-back.

As a 20-year-old, he would be an ideal candidate to play back-up to Andy Robertson given Kostas Tsimikas could leave this summer.

While he has a few years left yet, Robertson isn’t getting any younger either. Liverpool do, though, already have a couple of good young left-backs at the club in Owen Beck and Luke Chambers.

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Liverpool transfer news LIVE - Leny Yoro bid, Waldemar Anton eyed, Dean Huijsen linked

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 3 hours 2 min ago
Live Liverpool news and latest transfer gossip, including updates on Leny Yoro, Luis Diaz, Joe Gomez, Alisson Becker, Waldemar Anton, Arne Slot, Dean Huijsen and more
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'It doesn't bear thinking about' - Nightmare transfer scenario Liverpool must avoid

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 3 hours 2 min ago
The ECHO takes a look at what a nightmare summer could like for Liverpool as star players leave and are stuck down by injury
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Liverpool transfer news LIVE - Leny Yoro bid, Waldemar Anton eyed, Dean Huijsen linked

icLiverpool.co.uk - 3 hours 2 min ago
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'It doesn't bear thinking about' - Nightmare transfer scenario Liverpool must avoid

icLiverpool.co.uk - 3 hours 2 min ago
The ECHO takes a look at what a nightmare summer could like for Liverpool as star players leave and are stuck down by injury
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Liverpool could revisit interest in 84-goal forward as Darwin Nunez alternative

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 4 hours 2 min ago
Former Liverpool transfer target Jonathan David has been made available for transfer by Lille along with current Reds target Leny Yoro
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Liverpool could revisit interest in 84-goal forward as Darwin Nunez alternative

icLiverpool.co.uk - 4 hours 2 min ago
Former Liverpool transfer target Jonathan David has been made available for transfer by Lille along with current Reds target Leny Yoro
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Jude Bellingham reveals reason behind never-before-seen celebration with Trent Alexander-Arnold

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 6 hours 2 min ago
Liverpool vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold started alongside Jude Bellingham as England won their Euro 2024 Group C opener against Serbia
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Jude Bellingham reveals reason behind never-before-seen celebration with Trent Alexander-Arnold

icLiverpool.co.uk - 6 hours 2 min ago
Liverpool vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold started alongside Jude Bellingham as England won their Euro 2024 Group C opener against Serbia
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Jordan Henderson was a trash talking troublemaker - I had to keep my eye on him at Liverpool

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - 8 hours 2 min ago
German referee Dr. Felix Brych has recalled his previous run-ins with Liverpool and their former captain and vice-captain, Jordan Henderson and James Milner
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Jordan Henderson was a trash talking troublemaker - I had to keep my eye on him at Liverpool

icLiverpool.co.uk - 8 hours 2 min ago
German referee Dr. Felix Brych has recalled his previous run-ins with Liverpool and their former captain and vice-captain, Jordan Henderson and James Milner
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Jude Bellingham explains England celebration with Trent Alexander-Arnold missed on TV

Liverpool.com - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 22:52

England kicked off its Euro 2024 campaign with a slender 1-0 win against Serbia in the opening weekend of the tournament. England was heavily expected to soundly win in Gelsenkirchen, but in the end Gareth Southgate's side labored in its win.

Trent Alexander-Arnold played from the start, with the Liverpool man started in the middle of the pitch alongside Arsenal's Declan Rice in a 4-2-3-1 system. England took the lead early on in the game, when Jude Bellingham met Bukayo Saka's deflected cross in the middle of the box to power a header past Serbia goalkeeper Predrag Rajković

Bellingham celebrated together with Alexander-Arnold, with the pair getting on one knee and putting their hand over their face in a choreographed celebration. However, the celebration wasn't picked up by the main TV cameras, and thus fans didn't see it in real time.

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Speaking after the win, Bellingham explained the reason behind the celebration, saying: "When we play [the card game] Wolf, one of the staff loves that face when he doesn't have a clue what's going on," Bellingham said live on BBC One when asked about the celebration. "That was kind of a group celebration for the Wolf group!"

Bellingham and Alexander-Arnold are close friends, with the pair spending a lot of time together at the last World Cup in Qatar and also in this tournament. England's narrow 1-0 win against Serbia means Southgate's men top Group C after the first round of games. England now face Denmark next Thursday night in Frankfurt. A win there will guarantee England top spot in the group.

Alexander-Arnold played for 68 minutes against Serbia, before being taken off by Southgate for Conor Gallagher. Bellingham, meanwhile, lasted 86 minutes before being replaced by Kobbie Mainoo.

Liverpool's other English representative at the tournament — Joe Gomez — didn't see any action in Gelsenkirchen, with the Liverpool defender remaining on the bench. However, after the game Southgate admitted that 'we've got a squad and we need to use it', and it could mean minutes for Gomez in the Denmark game.

Liverpool.com says: England produced a mediocre performance against Serbia, but Southgate won't care as it got all three points and got a good start to the tournament. Alexander-Arnold and Bellingham's celebration was a nice moment, Southgate will be hoping the pair can replicate the celebration in the competition going forward.

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Cesc Fabregas and Rio Ferdinand agree on Trent Alexander-Arnold in England opener

Liverpool.com - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 22:49

Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold started in midfield for England as the Three Lions began their Euro 2024 campaign with a narrow victory over Serbia thanks to a single Jude Bellingham goal.

And Alexander-Arnold, who has been the subject of intense scrutiny heading into the tournament, was praised by BBC Sport pundits Cesc Fabregas and Rio Ferdinand for his performance. While the Liverpool number 66 can get even better, it was a positive start in Germany as England picked up a win, and both former players feel there is more to come from the Reds man.

"Mixed," was Cesc Fabregas' verdict. "He had a moment where he was superb and maybe a few things came a little too easy with the ball [like when a heavy touch allowed a Serbia chance] but overall he reacted well and showed good personality. The more he plays in there, the better he will become. I'm not worried about that."

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Ferdinand was in agreement that there was enough in Alexander-Arnold's 69-minute appearance to take heart heading into group matches with Denmark and Slovenia, and then the knockout phase.

"It's the quality," he added. "When you have got him on the ball, you get caught a couple of times and that's part and parcel. Especially in midfield, you get a lot more touches and people are coming at you from different angles.

"But then you see stuff like this [crossfield pass]. There aren't many who can change it from being a defensive position to the final third in one pass, and he has that quality. The only concern you have is when you play against the better teams and he's being asked questions defensively. But I like to focus on what he's good at. It's getting into these areas and picking out a white shirt."

Liverpool.com says: Some of the talk around Alexander-Arnold has been laughable this week. The idea that he is so poor defensively that he can't be trusted against much lesser opponents than the ones he has come out on top against while playing for his club is simply untrue and Roy Keane was typically over the top with his deliberately exaggerated assessment.

The simple truth is, if England is to be successful at this tournament and ones in the future too, it needs players like Alexander-Arnold to be fully utilized. Not getting the most from his potential would be a complete dereliction of duty.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold truth clear for England after Roy Keane and Wayne Rooney jibes

Liverpool.com - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 21:54

Jude Bellingham was the outstanding player for England as the Three Lions opened their European Championship campaign with a win over Serbia in Gelsenkirchen, but Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold was always going to be the biggest talking point.

It remains to be seen what Arne Slot's viewpoint is about where the Scouser should be deployed but Gareth Southgate has gone where Jurgen Klopp was reluctant to go. For England, at least, Alexander-Arnold's position is in the center.

Alexander-Arnold impressed to an extent, particularly first half, with the caveat, much talked about by Roy Keane, Gary Neville and co heading into the opening match of the group, of it 'only' being Serbia. There are bigger tests to come, of course, but the idea that Alexander-Arnold is inexperienced, as was suggested by one pundit pre-match, is simply laughable. Wayne Rooney labeling him defensively poor earlier in the week was simply joining the bandwagon.

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Inexperienced in the center of midfield, perhaps. But Alexander-Arnold is a three-time Champions League finalist and a sublime talent who is unique within world soccer. Failure to select the Liverpool man would be a dereliction of duty to one of the most gifted players of his generation but getting the absolute best out of his talent is proving to be a dilemma.

In possession, Alexander-Arnold showed the range of passing that he has. He also proved that just because he is playing in the middle of the pitch, that does not mean that A) he will have a lot more space to work in or B) he will have no defending to do. In fact, he still had to work an area for himself around the Serbian midfielders and he still had to put his foot in to win the ball back.

Alexander-Arnold's defensive 'woes' are overblown — Keane and Neville suggesting he would get 'ripped to shreds' against better opposition is simply baseless — and he certainly gets a lot less scrutiny than the likes of Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier do for their contributions in that regard. On this occasion, he won 100 per cent of his attempted tackles and 91 per cent of his passes — a normal rate for a player whose limitations are exaggerated and his strengths often overlooked.

Trent Alexander-Arnold of England poses for a portrait during the England Portrait session ahead of the UEFA EURO 2024 Germany on June 11, 2024 in Blankenhain, Germany. Trent Alexander-Arnold in his England shirt (Image: Photo by Boris Streubel - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

On the ball, Alexander-Arnold sprayed the ball around and set the likes of Bellingham and Bukayo Saka free on numerous occasions. He didn't quite get a first-half free-kick right but he did plenty of other good stuff. It wasn't as spectacular as it can be from the Reds' vice-captain but it was still more than enough to see him keep his place against Denmark.

Regardless of the inevitable continuation of the Alexander-Arnold conversation as the tournament progresses, England simply has to find a way of getting the Liverpool ace in the team. Along with Bellingham and Phil Foden, he is among the most naturally talented players the country has ever produced.

Instead of a constant drone about his perceived weaknesses, though, not least because England is not exactly solid and robust collectively, let alone on an individual basis, Alexander-Arnold should be one of the pillars that the side is built around — as he would be if he played for Spain, France or Brazil.

Liverpool knows that the upside of Alexander-Arnold far outweighs anything else. Even if you (wrongly) believe that he is a liability going backward, what he offers going the other way is too good to ignore. There were a few reminders of that here, and perhaps across the course of the next few weeks, the rest of the country might see that too.

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Leny Yoro transfer bid 'rejected' as Liverpool 'interested' in Juventus striker

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 18:50
Latest Liverpool transfer news and gossip with the Reds set for a summer of change under Arne Slot at Anfield
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Leny Yoro transfer bid 'rejected' as Liverpool 'interested' in Juventus striker

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 18:50
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Tactics: How Klopp’s kids can fit into Slot’s Liverpool – 7 roles explained

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 18:00
Jurgen Klopp left behind an enviable generation of academy talent at Liverpool, but where will those outstanding youngsters fit into Arne Slot‘s system?

‘If you’re good enough, you’re old enough’ was the mantra for Klopp’s Liverpool.

A generation of talent broke into the first team in 2023/24, including a dramatic Carabao Cup final win that ended with six academy players on the pitch.

An Academy full of character ?? pic.twitter.com/Hfd8a7hyxs

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 25, 2024

Now Slot is the man to impress. Having given 12,334 minutes to academy talent at Feyenoord in the league-winning 2022/23 season, he’s certainly open to working with young blood.

So how might each of these young stars fit into Slot’s Liverpool?

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Harvey Elliott

 Harvey Elliott of Liverpool celebrates 4-0 during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Photo by Ryan Brown/Propaganda)

 Harvey Elliott of Liverpool celebrates 4-0 during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Photo by Ryan Brown/Propaganda)

Age: 21
LFC appearances: 119

We’ll start with an easy one.

Elliott has fully broken through now, playing a vital role in Liverpool’s unlikely title challenge of 2023/24.

The boyhood Liverpool fan can play as a No. 8, a No. 10 or a right winger in Slot’s system, and has shown real quality both in his performances and his end product – notching 11 assists in all competitions in the season just gone.

I only include him as a reminder that, incredibly, he’s still only 21.

Role under Slot? The new head coach will love his versatility, just like Klopp.

Jarell Quansah

 Liverpool's Jarell Quansah during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and AC Sparta Praha at Anfield. Liverpool won 6-1, 11-2 on aggregate. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Jarell Quansah during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 2nd Leg match between Liverpool FC and AC Sparta Praha at Anfield. Liverpool won 6-1, 11-2 on aggregate. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Age: 21
LFC appearances: 33

Composure on the ball (mistake at Old Trafford aside) and dominance in defensive duels saw Quansah leap from a League One loan to 33 senior appearances.

By the end of the campaign he’d overtaken Ibrahima Konate as the preferred partner to Virgil van Dijk.

It’s that ability to play out that will appeal most to Slot.

The new gaffer is happy to play forwards quickly once the space is available, but the buildup unit will see a lot of the ball at first – moving it around to encourage pressure and create space inside the opponent’s block.

The centre-backs are also asked to play progressive passes forwards when the opportunity arises.

For all his undoubted talents, Konate is not renowned for this. Quansah may keep his place in the starting lineup as a result.

Role under Slot? Battling to stay Van Dijk’s first-choice partner.

Conor Bradley

 Liverpool's Conor Bradley after the UEFA Europa League Group E match day 5 game between Liverpool FC and LASK at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Conor Bradley after the UEFA Europa League Group E match day 5 game between Liverpool FC and LASK at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-0. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Age: 20
LFC appearances: 28

Bradley well and truly arrived in 2023/24.

The right-back went from Player of the Year at Bolton to scoring his first Anfield goal and starting a Wembley cup final (both against Chelsea, funnily enough).

Given his chance when Trent Alexander-Arnold went out injured, the Northern Irishman was so good that the team’s system pivoted around him.

Out went the inverted right-back and in came the lung-busting, overlapping Bradley to press high up the pitch and punctuate moves in the final third.

This is not how Slot typically uses his full-backs. He relies on width in attack from his wingers, with full-backs more likely to stay deeper and more central.

 Liverpool's Conor Bradley sprints through to score the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Conor Bradley sprints through to score the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This is because, if the ball is turned over, the full-backs are closer to their own goal and thus more able to track back and defend the space behind them – something Liverpool have struggled with.

Slot can be pragmatic in pursuit of success, and he has a highly talented individual to work with in Bradley.

But whether the system or the player can bend to suit the other is a question to answer in pre-season.

Role under Slot? Unclear, but he has shown he can emulate Alexander-Arnold’s role.

James McConnell

 Liverpool's James McConnell during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's James McConnell during the FA Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Age: 19
LFC appearances: 9

Every young player has years of coaching in Liverpool’s aggressive out-of-possession approach throughout the age groups.

But when Liverpool needed to mould an academy player into a defensive midfielder for the first team in 2023/24, McConnell’s technical security meant he got the call.

Taking the ball under pressure during the high stakes of the Carabao Cup final showcased a composure and maturity beyond the 19-year-old’s tender years, and he later laid on a brilliant assist in the FA Cup.

Hull City have already expressed an interest in him as a result.

Slot, meanwhile, is a serial player-improver. It’s the reason he’s had immediate success at every club he’s managed, it’s how he succeeds on a budget, and it’s what FSG have hired him to do at Liverpool.

If he’s meant to look to the academy as much as the transfer market, McConnell would be a great place to start.

Role under Slot? If he stays, an option at No. 6.

Bobby Clark

 Liverpool's Bobby Clark looks on during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC Under-21's and Everton FC Under-21's, the Mini-Merseyside Derby, at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by Jessica Hornby/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Bobby Clark looks on during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC Under-21's and Everton FC Under-21's, the Mini-Merseyside Derby, at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by Jessica Hornby/Propaganda)

Age: 19
LFC appearances: 14

Clark rarely performs the spectacular. He receives the ball well, he releases the ball at the right time, and he counter-presses effectively.

The most eye-catching quality he has demonstrated in 14 appearances is to not catch the eye.

He simply looks like he belongs in the engine room of an elite team, despite being just 19 years of age.

Slot asks his midfielders to show for the ball and rotate fluidly in order to play short, quick passes that disrupt the opposition’s defensive shape.

Clark’s in-possession game is perfect for this.

The No. 8s for Slot are also supposed to contribute goals and assists higher up the pitch, so that’s an area for Clark to improve if he is to kick on.

Role under Slot? The perfect candidate as one of the No. 8s.

Jayden Danns

 Liverpool's Jayden Danns celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Cup 5th Round match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Jayden Danns celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Cup 5th Round match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Age: 18
LFC appearances: 5

One of the most sought-after profiles in modern football is the ‘nine-and-a-half’. A striker who can link play like Roberto Firmino but also score goals like Erling Haaland.

Danns’ ability to both link play and score helped him break into the first team and earned comparisons with Harry Kane.

Before we get too excited, though, Danns is far from the level of a Harry Kane just yet.

He’s scored two senior Liverpool goals, both against Championship opposition, and is still building the physical capacity to compete at the elite level.

There’s a reason Klopp left him on the bench when seeking a goal at Goodison Park in April.

In terms of profile, Danns is a major asset for Slot to inherit. Next season is likely too soon to expect a major contribution at Anfield – but then, many would have had said the same last summer.

Role under Slot? Chances may be slim, but more experience to come up front.

Stefan Bajcetic

 Liverpool's Stefan Bajcetic during the UEFA Europa League Group E matchday 1 game between LASK and Liverpool FC at the Raiffeisen Arena. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 Liverpool's Stefan Bajcetic during the UEFA Europa League Group E matchday 1 game between LASK and Liverpool FC at the Raiffeisen Arena. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Age: 19
LFC appearances: 22

His 2022/23 breakout campaign was so good that a complete absence in 2023/24 hasn’t quietened the talk around Bajcetic.

The major question has been around his position.

Breaking in as a No. 6, usurping the ageing Fabinho, Bajcetic paired his technical security with endless running and crunching tackles.

But his press-resistance and dribbling ability, as well as an underrated cool in front of goal, suggest his best position is as the No. 8.

Unfortunately for him, Alexis Mac Allister, Curtis Jones and Ryan Gravenberch all have similar attacking upsides.

Bajcetic’s long-limbed style of tackling and his robustness in physical duels make him best suited to a deeper role – at least in the short term.

Role under Slot? More chance in the No. 6 role for now.

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Arne Slot has just been handed Cody Gakpo Liverpool blueprint

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 17:53
Liverpool attacker Cody Gakpo played a starring role in the Netherlands' opening 2-1 victory at Euro 2024 against Poland
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Arne Slot has just been handed Cody Gakpo Liverpool blueprint

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 17:53
Liverpool attacker Cody Gakpo played a starring role in the Netherlands' opening 2-1 victory at Euro 2024 against Poland
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Wayne Rooney questioned over 'extreme' comments about Trent Alexander-Arnold

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 06/16/2024 - 17:26
A radio host has disagreed with Wayne Rooney's damning verdict that Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold should not be used in midfield by England at Euro 2024
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