3 ways Arne Slot's Liverpool could line up with Arda Guler and two other transfers

Arda Guler looks on during the UEFA EURO 2024 group stage match between Czechia and Turkiye.

The first group of Liverpool players will soon begin to return for pre-season training. While there has been no movement in the transfer market yet by the Anfield side, there is still plenty of time for that to change.

The ECHO reported a week ago that a center-back was not a priority this summer unless Liverpool can beat Real Madrid to Lille wonderkid Leny Yoro, but a defender would be a big help in bolstering the squad. Nevertheless, the latest name on the transfer rumor mill is Turkey playmaker Arda Guler.

Currently impressing at Euro 2024, the teenage playmaker is a top talent for the future, and according to the Spanish outlet MARCA, Liverpool has already made contact with Real Madrid about a possible move for him. The 19-year-old, though, was only signed by the Bernabeu side last summer, and it isn't likely that Madrid chiefs would be willing to cash in already.

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If Guler was to be signed by Liverpool, though, how could the Reds line up? has taken a look - and he isn't the only signing that would be needed this summer.

4-2-3-1 with Guler as the number 10

The most obvious place that Guler could be deployed would be as a pure number 10, though it remains to be seen whether that is a role that Slot will want at Anfield. If he plays 4-2-3-1, Guler with Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah on either side, perhaps behind Darwin Nunez, would be an exciting proposition.

In that scenario, however, there would be a major question mark about where the likes of Harvey Elliott and Dominik Szoboszlai fit in. Unless the latter was going to be shifted into playing a deeper role, another player to sit alongside Alexis Mac Allister would be required, with Wataru Endo being another candidate.

4-3-3 with Guler in front of Mac Allister

The most likely formation for Slot to deploy is a 4-3-3, which is what Jurgen Klopp used, with Liverpool's current options looking best suited to that system. Mac Allister could play as the holding player with Guler on one side and Szoboszlai or Curtis Jones on the other.

Adding more depth in the number eight positions, though, is absolutely not a priority. That was done last summer which means that Guler being targeted for a move would be a surprise, even if he is clearly a major talent.

Front three with Guler tucked in off the right

Left-footed and favoring a starting position from the right where he can cut inside, it would also be possible for Guler to deputize for Salah on the right-hand side. That makes it slightly more plausible that he could be a Liverpool transfer option this summer.

Having more depth on the right flank would be beneficial, though it remains to be seen whether or not Real Madrid would let him leave. Los Blancos might well have learned from not being quite patient enough with Martin Odegaard, who has gone on to be world-class at Arsenal after leaving in search of regular minutes.