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Why Everton attacker should join Liverpool after being frozen out by Koeman

COMMENT By Emma Sanders

Ross Barkley would be a great addition to the Liverpool squad but it would involve him making a shocking switch across the Merseyside border.

The attacking midfielder has struggled to get regular game time under Ronald Koeman and has become frustrated at his position at the club recently.

Barkley was evidently disappointed not to get on the pitch during Everton’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United last Saturday after injuries meant Koeman was unable to use Barkley.

The 23-year-old has been challenged by Koeman to bring more “productivity” to his game but Barkley may consider his options if he is still being overlooked in 2017.

Liverpool would be a shock destination but the Merseyside rivals would be the perfect fit for Barkley if you were to ignore his Blue allegiances.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side are competing for a spot in the Champions League and it’s clear they have the potential to challenge for the league title under the German boss.

They have a number of attacking stars and play in a positive 4-3-3 formation, which would play to the strengths of Barkley’s creative nature.

If the Reds do qualify for Europe, they will need to improve the squad depth in midfield, which is lacking in attacking options; Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Lucas, Kevin Stewart and Giorginio Wijnaldum are predominantly used in holding roles.

Only Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho have been used often in the advanced central midfield role and it is not Coutinho’s best position so there is room there for Barkley to challenge for his role in the team.

He is contracted at Everton until 2018 so the summer would be an ideal time to access his situation.

In other Everton news, the club made a bid for this striker.