Liverpool have something to think about before the summer transfer window – but one place in the squad is almost certainly already taken care of.
With departures more than possible in terms of attacking capabilities available to Jurgen Klopp – those who are reserve, not those who are the first choice – there will be room to fill.
Finding another player like Diogo Jota could hold the key to one of those spots, but for another, perhaps the only drawback to need to be taken care of in the front areas, returning Harvey Elliott will be ready.
“It will come in handy if, assuming Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi continue this summer and if there are clubs that want to buy them, Elliott can take on that role,” Joel Rabinowitz said on a Liverpool.com podcast.
“Elliott has a lot of similar skill sets as Shaqiri – a left-footed player who comes from that right, but is a little faster.
“He can really make an impact and you saw last season that his intelligence in games is really high – he doesn’t expose himself by boat, but he’s a really smart player.
“His numbers in the championship are amazing and at the moment you’d like to keep him, not to be on loan again.”
Listen to the full Liverpool.com podcast by clicking HERE
“The plan was not to borrow it at all this season, but they expected Shaqiri to leave,” David Lynch added.
“He had offers, but he decided it would have been better for him to stay at Liverpool, but if he had left, Elliott would have taken those minutes.
“That place is likely to open this summer and they believe he can take on that supporting role in the same way that Curtis Jones took over Adam Lallana’s minutes this season.
“Jones ended up working a lot harder because of injuries, but that was the plan last summer, and it will be this summer with Shaqiri and Elliott.
“It won’t be the regular minutes of the first team – we don’t see Shaqiri so often – but it will be the way they want to play it.
“There is no doubt that Liverpool think they have a special talent.”