Klopp reportedly keen on two more signings this summer
Liverpool’s summer business has been ticking along nicely so far. Despite the unpleasant Fekir saga, Kieta, Fabinho and Shaqiri have all been added to the ranks to bolster our midfield options.
Rumors and stories from foreign papers rumble on in the background as Liverpool are linked to a wide array of names as usual. Despite this, Klopp is widely reported to in the market for just two more players before hostilities resume in three weeks.
With a couple of positions in need of urgent reinforcements, it certainly will be interesting to see who the German goes for, and where he decides to strengthen. It could ultimately have a decisive impact on what we are capable of achieving in 18/19.
Areas of concern
It doesn’t take a genius to work out the issues Liverpool have with the senior goalkeepers presently. There has been plenty of speculation this summer linking the club to a host of keepers both at home and abroad.
Roma’s Alisson continues to be linked, as does Barcelona keeper Jasper Cillensen. on the other hand, Klopp is also said to be happy with his current options available, with Danny Ward to be given his chance to be number one after a frustrating season as third choice.
Whatever the manager has in his head, it remains highly likely that a new recruit will come in this summer in what has become the problem position for Liverpool since the departure of Pepe Riena in 2013.
The on/off saga surrounding Fekir is also surely proof that the club is in the market for a new number ten. Coutinho’s departure and Lallana’s injury crisis left us short of options and creativity last season. Particularly in the spring. With Klopp’s gruelling way of playing and the injury to Oxlade-Chamberlain, we would be foolish to hedge our bets with the current options in the squad.
Whether or not Fekir joins the ranks remains open for French media speculation. However it appears that the willingness is there for the right player, as is the money, he just needs to have kneecaps that work.
With the hype and praise rightfully heaped on Andy Robertson last season, it is easy for fans to forget the club’s past troubles at left back. However in Alberto Moreno, we have a clear and worrying reminder of our past failures to recruit.
Viewed as something of a squad player, the Spaniard has been allowed to continue on as a Liverpool player. Despite a catalog of errors and his shocking performance in the FA Cup exit to West Brom, Moreno remains as a deputy to Robertson.
There is nothing really to go off in terms of speculation, concerning the Spaniard. However, it would be useful to see a more capable deputy brought in. If Robbo needs a rest or picks up a knock, it would we worrying to see Moreno thrown in for any serious prolonged run.
The club needs to be ruthless here and jettison a player who has had far too many chances already. Ideally a defender capable of playing both at full back, and centre-half would be perfect – if one is available.
Origi and Sturridge are also in danger of departing this summer. The out and out striker is an unfashionable commodity in Klopp’s Liverpool. However, it would be very useful if either man could stake a claim to a squad place for next season. The likelihood is, they will both go, if that’s the case, then it would be handy to have another option coming in, capable of playing centrally, especially with Solanke’s early struggles in front of goal.
Ultimately the squad is getting stronger, despite Can and Coutinho jumping ship, there are still plenty of options in midfield. With the toll of the World Cup and another busy schedule on the cards for Klopp, it will be important to play on this strength next season.
Shaqiri was, as Klopp rightfully put it, a no brainer, he has the quality to come and perform when necessary, allowing us to provide Mane and Salah a much needed break. Kieta and Fabinho also massively take the pressure off. In the run up to the Champions League Final last season, we were just one injury away from having to play a kid Kiev. No other big club seems to struggle like this with players, so it is vital that we keep on building on this position of strength.
Klopp may well want more than just two additional players. Only time will tell, but the next three weeks are certainly set to be very interesting.