Jurgen Klopp may have to do the impossible with Liverpool’s third summer transfer

That’s the one thing money can’t buy in football. But a remarkable few days in the transfer window may ultimately leave Liverpool with no option but to try and buy experience for Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

With clubs from the Saudi Arabian Pro League circulating midfield triumvirate of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara, there is a growing prospect that the Reds could lose one, if not more, of their most experienced engine room operators.

Their respective ages mean they are all closer to the end of their Anfield careers than the beginning in any case. But having made more than 1,500 senior appearances for professional clubs between them, they represent a deep brain trust that has had an impact in recent years, particularly with the younger players in the squad.

Henderson would be a big loss in this regard, having spent more than 12 years at Liverpool, becoming the only captain of an English side to lift the Premier League, European Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and Club World Cup .

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The Reds have already seen their vice-captain of seven years, James Milner, leave this summer. So to have uncertainty over the skipper’s future just weeks later is a matter that Klopp could not have predicted before he even had the chance to officially announce Milner’s replacement, although the position of players in the ‘management group’ in the squad makes it assured that Virgil van Dijk will take the job.

Any successful team needs a balance between youth and experience. Ideally, most will be in their prime. For example, of the Liverpool team that started the Champions League final triumph against Tottenham Hotspur in 2019, all but 20-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold were between the ages of 25 and 29.

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