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Do Liverpool need a new midfielder?

On the surface, Liverpool are well-stocked in the engine room after recruiting Wataru Endo, Alexis Mac Allister, Ryan Gravenberch and Dominik Szoboszlai last summer. However, they still seem keen to bring in a defensive midfielder to play a holding role and offer greater protection to their backline. Liverpool are also expected to lose at least one option in the middle of the park, with Thiago Alcantara set to leave at the end of the season. Thiago will be allowed to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer, having been restricted to just five minutes of playing time this season due to injury. 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