As time goes on this season, there seem to be more and more suggestions that Liverpool lack creatively in the centre of midfield.
Despite the best efforts of the players at Jürgen Klopp’s disposal, something just isn’t working and is causing the side to drop points as a consequence.
With players such as James Maddison, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish all thriving this season, it makes Liverpool fans wonder what might have happened differently if we had a midfield playmaker like that of our own.
A player in that mould is exactly what Liverpool need and is exactly what could help them out of recent struggles.
The fact is, though, the Reds could have had their own playmaker on the books, should they have stuck with now Swansea midfielder Yan Dhanda.
Now, am I suggesting that Dhanda makes this team right now? Absolutely not. But the fact remains that a player of that style could be a real difference-maker.Embed from Getty Images
Dhanda was released in 2018, joining Championship side Swansea City upon leaving the Reds.
He left on the back of what was a pretty decent campaign for Liverpools u23 side, where he averaged a goal contribution every three games.
But it was his time to go and the English midfielder has evolved into a player with an exceptional passing range and great ability on the ball.
Spending what is coming up on three years in the Championship has undoubtedly shaped Dhanda into the player he is today, but there’s no reason loan spells in the division couldn’t have had the same effect.
What the young British Asian was missing at Liverpool was a chance to shine, something the club could have given him by sending him elsewhere on a temporary basis.
Getting the game time he needed for experience before returning to Liverpool and learning from world-class talent in midfield could well have propelled the midfielder to stardom.Embed from Getty Images
Take Curtis Jones for example. The youngster was introduced to first team training, learned from the players in the squad and got advice from the top coaches the club has.
Jones has gone on to make a big difference for the Reds this campaign, and was probably the team’s most in-form midfielder during a run of games in February.
During a poor spell of form, Jones was a shining light in what was a dull, struggling team, and there is no reason Dhanda couldn’t have done the same.Embed from Getty Images
As it is though, the 22-year-old seems destined to follow a career path set out by several former academy players before him. So many have shown promise, but have been afforded few chances in the first team to build on it.
A shame considering the potential that he was once seen to have.
Perhaps some more impressive performances in south Wales will catch the eye of the Reds’ recruitment staff once again.
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