Dave Davis warns supporters against getting too excited about signing players in the summer after reports indicate Liverpool might target Alexandre Lacazette or Naby Keita.
As a fan, you know we’ve been here before with this talk. When the season doesn’t look like matching early expectations (again) talk turns to the summer and incomings and outgoings at Anfield. Level of spend, potential targets and what level of player we can attract are the common themes that crop up. Have a read of the papers or listen to Jürgen Klopp’s latest interviews and it could be Groundhog Day all over again.
A multitude of sources have linked us with players that are bound to get the blood of any Reds fans flowing. The likes of Lacazette, Keita and Brandt would without a doubt be part of the first team picture immediately and have the ability to make a difference. Klopp has been clear that everyone at the club is committed to adding to the existing squad and improving the team. ‘Sporting director, scouting department, owners, myself, we want to make this club as big and successful as possible. We will spend money in the summer’.
We did spend money in the summer and the likes of Mané and Wijnaldum were brought in for considerable sums. On the other side, though, the departures from Melwood of a huge number of fringe players meant that net spent became a talking point. The FSG debate still rages on about their ownership and strategy for the club and every year that goes by like ten last few, concerns will only continue. The lack of any activity in January did nothing to quiet the situation either, especially with all signs of our early season form vanishing.
The summer’s transfer activity has been noted more for the ‘monitoring’ then ultimate disappointment in recent years. The names of Willian, Mkhitaryan, Vidal, Pogba, Teixeira and others are quite fresh in the minds of many, whilst what was ultimately delivered has lead to a frantic search of YouTube to shed light on the club’s thinking. Even Fernando Torres was second choice for Rafa behind Samuel Eto’o, though fortunately, that proved a successful option.
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Which brings us to this summer and the underlying concerns that lurk beneath the surface. How can we attract Lacazette without Champions League football and a strict wage structure? Will we be the only ones in for Brandt? How many offers will Keita have and why would he leave a club looking certainties for Europe’s biggest stage?
No-one wants to be all doom and gloom, but the other names such as Demarai Gray just don’t excite and there’s the worry that they’re the more realistic option. That’s not a criticism of that player directly, though, more an observation. We’ve been here before with our club when the season seems to be limping towards potential disappointment so talk turns towards a summer revival. There’s a lot of football still to be played between now and then and where we finish up, may have the biggest impact overall. We’ve been here before, though, so let’s be guarded before the wide-eyed kid in us takes over.