Musiala signs, Diaz decision made - dream Liverpool forward line after summer transfer window

Jamal Musiala of Germany celebrates
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Jurgen Klopp has created the blueprint for the current Liverpool side, now it is up to Arne Slot to take command, add a piece of his own creative flair and get out the silverware Reds supporters so eagerly desire.

The Reds' change in management will offer an exciting journey into the unknown, at least until pre-season hands everyone a greater insight into how Slot wishes to utilise his inherited squad. From there, this will also inform any transfer decisions that again, fans await concrete news of.

One of the greatest achievements of his predecessor was to get the forward line fit and firing - that initial trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane took England and Europe by storm at the tip of Klopp's heavy metal football before any sense of defensive security was built upon to achieve later success.

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With the passing of time, naturally comings and goings have meant Liverpool's attack is in a much-changed state to how it was back then. Slot arrives to find a plethora of options, plenty of exciting names rumoured to sign and, most importantly, ideas of his own to implement. The Dutchman could impress upon the team the 4-2-3-1 system that has served him so well in his homeland, which would call for further alterations in the months to come.

With that said, the ECHO takes a look at how Slot can assemble the perfect attacking roster in time for the opening game of the season against newly-promoted Ipswich Town on August 17, 2024...

Musiala signs

What better way to begin your Liverpool tenure than with a statement signing?

Last summer FSG displayed how they were prepared to part ways with a sizeable chunk of cash when bidding £111m for Moises Caicedo, then of Brighton. Fast-forward almost 12 months and with it confirmed the club are not prioritising a central defensive signing before any others, the focus could therefore turn towards the attacking quartet.

Jamal Musiala of Bayern Munich, currently lighting up Euro 2024 in his home country with two goals in as many matches, has been linked with an Anfield switch throughout his short but successful career. Slot will be in need of a specialist that works in behind the team's main striker, and so the 21-year-old is a natural shout.

After recent exploits, The Mirror reports his Transfermarkt market value to be $127m (£107.3m).

Diaz remains a Red

Also generating a lot of noise at the start of this summer's transfer window is Luis Diaz. Obviously already a Red, it has been speculated that Spanish giants Barcelona will test Liverpool's resolve ahead of September's deadline day.

"Just as we don't need a big transfer out, we don't believe we need big signings. Maybe a midfielder, a winger, but we also have an academy which can help fill these positions," La Blaugrana president Joan Laporta has confirmed.

Diaz himself has said he is happy at Anfield and will command a price tag of over £63m for anyone that dares disturb that harmony. Slot should therefore have the simple task of taking the Colombian under his wing and unlocking the goalscoring form many have been hoping to see.

Slot trusts in Salah and Nunez

Again, the new head coach can benefit from picking up where Klopp left off with his two other most-trusted options.

Salah's contract is due to expire next summer and the club will work on that, but in the meantime it will be Slot's job to get experienced members of the squad on-side and part of his project. As the club's top scorer every season since 2017, the 32-year-old is simply too good to consider leaving out.

Darwin Nunez is in a slightly different situation in that he requires nurturing still. The Uruguayan looked impressive at times last season as he improved his output by 12 contributions in all competitions, though equally suffered from lacking confidence when things weren't going his way.

The 24-year-old can look to his new manager's previous leading man, Santiago Gimenez, as inspiration. Proving what a forward can do when placed up top and told to dispatch chances, the Mexican netted 49 times and provided 13 assists in 85 matches under Slot at Feyenoord.

Rotation required

The boss will also require options if he is to take this Reds team to the top as he so desires. In that regard, the tools are already in his possession again.

Diogo Jota can play up front and on both flanks and shouldn't be limited, though as an option looks best-suited to taking up the central position of a front four. Cody Gakpo is similarly versatile, though his stand-out performances on the left flank for Ronald Koeman's Netherlands team at the European Championships prove his natural position is on the left-hand side.

Ben Doak, as long as he overcomes his long-term injury woes, can finally fill in for Salah as and when needed, whilst Alexis Mac Allister - who would more commonly be used in Slot's double pivot - can be moved further forward into the attacking four for the argument of rotation.

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