How Liverpool could line up next season without Sadio Mane, but with Ruben Neves, Callum Hudson-Odoi and David Neres


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Jurgen Klopp has the chance to complete a European and league double, but may well be thinking about next season already

Liverpool fans across the globe are waiting with bated breath for the climax of what has been an incredible season.

The chance to complete a European and league double does not come along very often, but the Reds may well be on the brink of something truly spectacular.

Jurgen Klopp is on the cusp of glory at Liverpool

After despatching Porto 2-0 on Tuesday night in the Champions League, the attention will turn Chelsea on Sunday in the Premier League.

Although they have played a game more, Liverpool are top of the table and are two points clear of closest competitors Manchester City.

With all the pressure and expectation swirling around Anfield, Jurgen Klopp could be forgiven for letting the pressure to get to him.

However, the German remains as charismatic and likeable as ever.

Liverpool beat Porto 2-0 on Tuesday night

Liverpool beat Porto 2-0 on Tuesday night


In fact, if the gossip mill is to be believed, the former Borussia Dortmund head coach may well be looking to next season already by lining up a series of signings.

The odds on Callum Hudson-Odoi swapping the Kings Road for Kirkby have plummeted over the weekend and rumours of a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers playmaker Ruben Neves have continued to gather pace.

And Real Madrid’s tormentor-in-chief David Neres has also been linked with a move to Merseyside after playing a crucial role in Ajax’s run to the Champions League quarter-finals.

But there is also talk of at least one high-profile exit from the club which Klopp may have to contend with.

Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a move to Liverpool

Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a move to Liverpool

A deal was reportedly in place to take Sadio Mane to Real Madrid at the end of last season.

But Zinedine Zidane’s shock departure after the Champions League Final meant the deal never took place and the Senegal star has been irrepressible this season.

With the Frenchman back in charge at the Bernabeu, the 26-year-old could well be involved in a transfer saga.

So how would Liverpool cope with his departure. talkSPORT.com looks at how Liverpool *could* line up next season.

Ruben Neves is a reported target for the Reds

Ruben Neves is a reported target for the Reds

RELEASING HENDO (4-3-3)

On Tuesday night, Jurgen Klopp apologised for playing Jordan Henderson out of position for a year-and-a-half while Liverpool captain.

The midfielder has operated in a deep role for club and country, almost like a No.6 just sitting In front of the back four. However, it was his lung-bursting runs and attacking play which earned him a £20million move from Sunderland in 2011.

With Fabinho and Neves able to interchange between attacking and defensive transitions for the Reds, the England international can bomb on and join the attack, with Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fantastic alternatives from the bench.

Fabinho’s versatility means he can drop into the ‘false full-back role’ to cover Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold when they maraud forward. By dropping alongside the centre-halves when Liverpool are in possession, the Brazil international would allow the wingers to cut inside and create space on the overlap for the full-backs on the outside.

Liverpool’s triumvirate of midfielders are crucial to this formation working

Liverpool’s triumvirate of midfielders are crucial to this formation working

WING WIZARDS (4-2-3-1)

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s remarkable rise at Chelsea is eerily similar to that of David Neres of Ajax in that both men have faced adversity head on, despite their tender years.

Maurizio Sarri’s reluctance to use the 18-year-old England international had led to rumours of a move away, while Neres was not guaranteed a starting place in Amsterdam until February of this year – remarkable considering he scored 14 goals and registered 13 assists last season.

Neres made his international debut for Brazil last month

Neres made his international debut for Brazil last month

Both play with a direct and fearless style which make them nightmares for defenders to stop and Liverpool’s relentless pressing and counter-attacking style would be perfect.

With Mohamed Salah using his pace in behind to stretch teams, the mercurial Roberto Firmino would be able to exploit the spaces in between defence and midfield.





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