Jose Enrique tells Liverpool to make shock move for Chelsea star Conor Gallagher


Jose Enrique believes Liverpool should sign Conor Gallagher from Chelsea to solve their midfield crisis.

Liverpool have endured a difficult start to the new season, drawing against Fulham and Crystal Palace before losing at arch-rivals Manchester United, although a record-equalling 9-0 win over Bournemouth has softened the blow somewhat.

One reason for the Reds’ stuttering start is the number of injuries they have suffered, especially in midfield with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missing games.

As a result, Jurgen Klopp has been forced to rely more heavily on the declining James Milner and the talented but very inexperienced Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho.

Many have suggested that the club therefore need to dip back into the transfer market for a new central midfielder though Klopp has remained coy on whether or not there will be anymore new arrivals.

Dortmund star Jude Bellingham has been heavily touted for a big money move to Anfield next summer, but a more immediate solution may need to be found if the club want to seriously challenge for the Premier League title this season.

Former Liverpool defender Enrique agrees, telling BoyleSports Premier League:

‘Liverpool definitely need a midfielder. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago and Naby Keita are great, but they are always injured, and you need strength in depth.

‘At the moment, they’re really lacking a midfielder and losing Sadio Mane has been a massive loss. ‘I love [Matheus] Nunes, who just signed for Wolves and it’s a mistake that Liverpool didn’t go for him.

‘They’re talking about [Moises] Caicedo from Brighton, but I like Gallagher from Chelsea. He could be going back to Crystal Palace, but I like him a lot, he will be a good player.

‘Next year Liverpool will go for someone like Bellingham but right now there’s not a lot of options. For me, I love Gallagher from Chelsea.

‘If they don’t get the players that they need then it will be tough to see them fighting for the title. If they’re lucky with injuries, they could be there but if they don’t I think it will be tough.’

After an excellent season on loan at Palace, Gallagher has returned to Chelsea to play an active role in their first team, but he has massively struggled in the opening fixtures of the season.

He was especially poor in the 3-0 defeat at Leeds and was sent off against Leicester last Saturday, leading some to speculate that he needs more time to develop with a return to Palace now reportedly on the cards.

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