Liverpool painfully fell short of securing the Premier League title this season, as the runners-up ended up on 97 points, 1 point behind eventual champions Manchester City. This was despite them being 7 points ahead of City at one point in their season, but they dropped points against the likes of Leicester City, Brighton and West Ham, as a lack of a creative midfielder hampered their chances of winning all three points.
City however won 14 in a row, ensuring that they would win the Premier League title. The biggest difference between the champions and Liverpool is that the Cityzens have plenty of creators, both in the first team and on the bench.
Here are 3 creative midfielders Liverpool must target to ensure they challenge for the league next season.
3. Julian Brandt
The Leverkusen youngster who just turned 23, was primarily used as a winger/forward during his career at the club, but Peter Bosz's entry into the club saw him change his position to central midfield, taking advantage of his late runs, ability to take long shots and ability to pass through midfields and defences.
Being on the left of a midfield trio, the German international has scored 10 goals and assisted 13 times, taking over the Aranguiz role for the Leverkusen club,
2. Hakim Ziyech
The Moroccan midfielder is a vital part of the miraculous Ajax side that won the Eredivisie title and the Dutch KNVB cup, and reached the Champions League semi-final, bowing down at the last kick of the game to a spirited Spurs side.
Playing in the left of 3 central midfielders and capable of playing down the right-wing, the 26 year old has scored an incredible 21 goals and assisted 24 times in 49 games. Having already played in a high-pressing, high tempo side, he would fit right into Klopp's Liverpool.
1. Nabil Fekir
The final name will again be recognizable among Liverpool fans, considering the saga that played out last summer. A deal was rumoured to be secured, but for reasons that remain unknown, Nabil Fekir simply failed to secure his move to Merseyside.
However, it's clear to see why the club initially had interest in the Frenchman, considering his offensive output and his versatility. Capable of playing on the right-wing, a false 9 or as a central midfielder, the Lyon captain will be a brilliant addition for the Reds side.