Fierce competition in Liverpool’s midfield
Over the summer Liverpool would sign Fabinho from AS Monaco for a fee of around £43 million.
Naby Keita would also join Liverpool from RB Leipzig after a deal was agreed in January of 2018.
This meant that Liverpool had Keita, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum all fighting for a place in Liverpool’s midfielder three.
The competition gets even stiffer when it now looks as though Xherdan Shaqiri could also play in that three like he did vs Southampton this past weekend.
Given that Liverpool paid big money for both Fabinho and Keita, you would have expected them two to start most games for the Reds.
However, Fabinho has actually yet to start for Liverpool and is being kept out of the side, partly by Wijnaldum.
‘Liverpool is a big club in the world and will always sign big players’
Wijnaldum has had an excellent start to the season.
The Dutchman has started every game for Liverpool this season, including in the Champions League.
Wijnaldum has also been speaking about the competition in Liverpool’s midfield and how the new signings helped him improve his own game.
“I think it’s good that there are a lot of good players here as when you train with them it makes you automatically get better.
“Liverpool is a big club in the world and will always sign big players. I’m not really worried if they sign a player. Because every player has to show in training that they should start games. So when you get a chance you have to make sure you’re ready.
“If a midfielder does well this season Liverpool might buy him next season and then there is more competition for a midfield position. That’s how it is at big clubs.
“When good players do well, all the big clubs want to sign them. The only thing I’m interested in is giving 100% and trying to convince the manager he has to choose me.
“You always think that every day at training you can get better. That’s why it is sometimes intense because he just wants to get everything out of the potential of a player.”