Dave Davis analyses what will influence Liverpool’s summer transfer activity with a lot to be decided between now and the end of the season.
Last summer’s transfer activity wasn’t what many expected it to be. When Mahmoud Dahoud, Ben Chilwell and others failed to come through the Melwood entrance, there were a lot of many questions asked.
The likes of Wijnaldum and Mané were under wraps until late in the day and Klopp has proven he’ll keep his cards close to his chest. James Pearce may believe there’ll be ‘at least five to six arrivals’ but there’s still a few factors that will decide the volume of incomings.
The Spurs result aside, January has been a hugely disappointing month and thrown up numerous questions about the supporting cast at Anfield. With Mané absent in AFCON and Coutinho struggling back to full fitness, there’s not exactly been a string of players looking to fill the attacking void. In fact, if anything Reds’ fans are praying that we keep the first choice front three fit until the end of the season.
Any comments about Daniel Sturridge now relate to either past performances, poor performances this season or the unwritten certainty that his days appear to be numbered. Origi appears bereft of confidence and that player who went on a scoring spree in 2016 appears to have disappeared. It was always going to be a massive ask for an Ojo or Woodburn so it’s unfair to fully group them here, but you wouldn’t want us to have to rely on them in the first place.
In other areas, you wonder how badly off we’d have to be for Moreno to get regular game time and despite him being a fans favourite, Lucas is a back-up at best it seems. Emre Can has had injury problems according to Klopp but appears to be regressing currently and a contract stand-off will throw up questions. Sakho isn’t even in at the club or in the manager’s thinking, whilst two major injuries leave many questions around Danny Ings’ future at Anfield.
Fans on Twitter haven’t been slow at mentioning who or what they’re looking for and all areas of the squad could be improved. Champions League qualification may well play a part in who Liverpool could attract, but don’t be surprised if the backup players’ performances mean that Klopp could be looking at big changes again.
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