4 midfielders Liverpool could sign after Endo admission and Trent Alexander-Arnold gamble fails

Joshua Kimmich in training with Germany at Euro 2024
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With pre-season fast approaching, Liverpool fans will no doubt be wondering when the first new signing of the summer will arrive at Anfield – and even the Reds’ current players are beginning to think that as well.

It’s not yet clear which area Arne Slot and sporting director Richard Hughes will target first, although they may have been offered a hint by one of Liverpool’s current players. Despite it possibly costing him a place in the side, Wataru Endo has suggested the Reds should sign a new defensive midfielder.

“I don’t care about those reports, but I also think it would be better to get a No. 6 midfielder,” he said via MSN. “I think there is a possibility that they are viewing [Alexis] Mac Allister as a No. 6, but at the moment there aren’t many No. 6 players to begin with.”

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Liverpool went through a major rebuild in midfield last year, but the defensive role is one that could be bolstered, especially with Thiago Alcantara having now left. What’s more, any suggestions of Trent Alexander-Arnold making a permanent move into the engine room may well be dead and buried now after Gareth Southgate’s failed experiment for England.

So who could the Reds target as a new No. 6? has taken a look at five potential options for Slot and Hughes to consider.


The early stages of the summer were dominated with stories suggesting that Atalanta star Ederson would be heading to Anfield. Those reports have quietened down significantly, but the Brazilian is still a player Liverpool should be considering.

At 24, he still has his peak years ahead of him, and he’s coming off the back of a superb season in Italy, having helped his club to the Europa League title. His form led to him making his international debut for Brazil earlier this month, and he’s currently out in the United States for the Copa America.

Joshua Kimmich

Liverpool is no stranger when it comes to being linked to Joshua Kimmich, but it seems there might be a real opportunity to sign the German international this summer. According to Florian Plettenberg, Bayern Munich has no plans to extend his contract beyond 2025, and will allow him to leave if a suitable offer arrives.

What’s more, Liverpool is said to be among the clubs Kimmich wants to join, along with Manchester City, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona. At 29, he is older than the usual profile of player Liverpool would target, but he would offer a versatile option considering he is also more than capable of filling in at right-back.

Joao Neves

Liverpool links to Joao Neves haven’t been especially prolific so far this summer, with Manchester United and Arsenal finding themselves much more associated. Portuguese outlet CM Jornal though did suggest earlier this month that the Reds are ready to make a huge offer for the 19-year-old.

He would certainly be a player for the future, although with Stefan Bajcetic waiting in the wings, Liverpool might want someone more experienced. Benfica drives a hard bargain as well, with reports suggesting a release clause of $128.2m (£101.4m/€120m).

Bruno Guimaraes

It might seem like a long shot to say the least, but Bruno Guimaraes is a name that has consistently popped up in relation to Liverpool. He is perhaps more of a conventional midfielder, but there’s no doubt he could fill the No. 6 role, and do it well.

What’s more, Newcastle may well find itself in a position where it needs to sell in order to comply with Profit and Sustainability Rules. According to Fabrizio Romano, a $126m (£100m/€118m) release clause for Guimaraes has now expired, and a decision will be made on his future as proposals arrive in the coming weeks. It might be worth Liverpool throwing its hat into the ring.