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Liverpool Keeping Close Tabs On The Spaniard: Why They Must Make It Happen Next Summer

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If a report from Spanish outlet Fichajes is believed to be true, Liverpool are keeping close tabs on Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler over a potential transfer next summer. The Reds had a quiet window in terms of incomings as they decided not to strengthen the attack or midfield despite the egress of Xherdan Shaqiri and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Although the Reds strengthened the defence by tying down Ibrahima Konaté, their summer window has been no match compared to fellow title contenders Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. The club’s wage structure and financial constraints have refrained them from roping in high-profile names in the recent past, however, the ‘sell to buy’ strategy should work in favour of securing the services of the 24-year-old Spaniard.

Soler’s current deal is set to expire in 2023 and with no extension talks in place, Liverpool are keen to take advantage of his contract situation at Mestalla. He has started the season brightly with 3 goals in 3 La Liga appearances and has also scored on his Spain debut a couple of days ago against Sweden.

Predominantly a central midfielder, his versatility in various midfield roles would fascinate Jurgen Klopp. The charismatic German prefers players who offer flexibility, vision and technicality in the middle of the park and Soler, having exhibited significant progress of late, is ready for a bigger challenge away from Valencia.

Liverpool target Carlos Soler celebrating his goal with Valencia teammates
Valencia CF v Getafe CF – LaLiga Santander Carlos Soler C of Valencia CF celebrate after scoring the 1-0 goal with his teammate Denis Cheryshev of Valencia CF L and Daniel Wass of Valencia CF R during La liga match between Valencia CF and Getafe CF at Mestalla Stadium on August 13, 2021 in Valencia, Spain. Valencia Spain fernandezdevelascosanz-valencia210813_np4g5 PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxFRA Copyright: xJosexMiguelxFernandezx

The Espana international joined Los Murciélagos youth ranks back in 2005 at the age of 8. There he has displayed his class for the reserves and got promoted to the senior set-up in 2016. Soler has appeared 188 times so far in Valencia colours and has scored as well as assisted 26 times each across competitions [stats via Transfermarket].

Why Liverpool Should Add Soler In Their Midfield Ranks

Meanwhile, Liverpool have been predictable from the centre of the pitch. The lack of creative spark led to an underwhelming show against ten-man Chelsea prior to the international break. Their success is highly reliant on fullbacks, resolute defending and lethal frontline, whereas the midfield options that they have got are more focused on counter-pressing, retaining possession and keeping things calm.

While the likes of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are already in their thirties, the emergence of Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones is a massive boost for the forthcoming future. Having said that, the form and fitness woes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain a major concern and the arrival of Soler on a cut-price deal would introduce swift skills, set-piece traits along with productivity in and around the opponents’ half.

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