Liverpool have been told by former defender Glen Johnson to consider signing Declan Rice or Nico Barella instead of Borussia Dortmund ace Jude Bellingham.
The Reds are linked with a move for Bellingham but it is reported that Dortmund are unwilling to sell this summer having already let Erling Haaland join Manchester City.
With the likes of Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara and James Milner all in their mid-to-late thirties, the Reds will need to replenish their stock of midfielders sooner or later, especially with doubts over the futures of the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita.
Jurgen Klopp held an interest in signing French 21-year-old Aurelien Tchouameni this summer, but Real Madrid eventually secured his signature by agreeing to pay a fee of around £85m to AS Monaco.
For Johnson, if Liverpool are going to enter the market for a new midfielder, West ham United captain Rice should be at the top of their shopping list.
"Right now I’d go for Declan Rice," Johnson told GGRecon.
"In a couple of year’s time, Jordan Henderson could do what Sadio Mane has done and leave, I think that Declan would fit that role perfectly."
"I do think he would be a good addition. To score goals and grab assists isn’t easy, despite the fact he hasn’t done it in the Premier League."
"When somebody’s technically very good and can either score or assist a goal regularly, then you don’t expect them to struggle. The more players on the pitch that can help contribute towards a goal is good for the squad."
Liverpool have already brought in Fulham’s Fabio Carvalho and Benfica’s Darwin Nunez this summer, and are widely expected to have already completed their incoming transfer business.