It's not like it's just the midfield and we are OK elsewhere. The defence is as bad as the midfield and the forward line isn't firing. Strength in depth is also an issue.
The summer obviously we can make a start on rebuilding.
I think I'd be looking for 4 players this summer. A quality right back, a quality centre half and 2 quality midfield players. I'd promote Philips in a sense to one of our 4 behind vvd and konate and bring another top class centre back in. A quality right back to go straight into the team is a must.
Gomez, Matip, Ox, keita, Melo, Fabinho and Jones would all be shifted on.
That leaves you with Henderson, Milner, Thiago, Bajcetic, Elliott, Carvalho, Morton plus the 2 quality mids (starting 11 players) we bring in. I honestly don't think we will miss any of the above. Maybe 3 mids needed if the budget allows. But 2 I think is as good as it gets.
We can't afford any mistakes.
Up top I'm torn on Bobby. I'd probably leave the forward line as is and retain Bobby ... so Bob, Salah, Nunez, Jota, Diaz, Gapko plus young Doak. 7 options.