Liverpool's pursuit of Chelsea's Mason Mount in the upcoming summer transfer market signals a potential shift back to a more attack-minded midfield at Anfield. The departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in the past had led to the club's evolution and subsequent success under Jürgen Klopp. However, Klopp and Liverpool had initially aimed to retain Coutinho, only letting him go when it became clear he desired the move.
During Coutinho's tenure, Liverpool showcased scintillating football, often wreaking havoc with their revered "Fab Four" consisting of Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, and Mohamed Salah. However, following Coutinho's departure, Liverpool adopted a more functional midfield setup that proved instrumental in their triumphs in the Premier League and the Champions League.
Now, the next phase of evolution at Anfield may witness a return to a more attack-minded approach. Liverpool is hopeful of securing Mason Mount's services, which could facilitate a shift towards a front four formation. In recent matches, Cody Gakpo has played in the number eight role, supported by Salah, Darwin Núñez, and Diogo Jota, with Luis Díaz in reserve. This type of front four seems to be the direction Liverpool is heading towards. Gakpo has demonstrated his capabilities in the role, while Mount's skill set aligns well with Liverpool's aspirations. Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott also appear ready to excel in such a setup.
Mount's attacking prowess is evident from his impressive numbers. In his standout season, he recorded 11 goals and 10 assists, achieving a double-double, surpassing Coutinho's best full league season. The Chelsea midfielder's ability to contribute consistently in both scoring and assisting sets him apart. While other forwards like Salah and Harry Kane have achieved this feat regularly, it is noteworthy for an attacking midfielder. Only Bukayo Saka has matched this achievement so far this season, albeit playing in a more advanced role for Arsenal.
Notably, Mount's defensive contributions are equally commendable. While Coutinho played a crucial role in Liverpool's exciting attacking lineup with his pressing alongside Firmino and Mané, Mount possesses a more natural defensive inclination.
Whether or not Mount joins Liverpool remains to be seen, contingent on Chelsea's willingness to part ways if a contract extension cannot be agreed upon. However, should Mount make the move to Merseyside, a return to a more attack-minded midfield, paired with a refined pressing game, could become a permanent feature for the first time since the departure of Coutinho.