Dave Davis wants Liverpool to succeed Liverpool next season and believes that this can only be done if transfer strategies are perfected.
Despite there still being 10 Premier League games to play, the majority of talk seems to have turned towards Liverpool’s summer transfer activity. The results of those games will no doubt have a huge impact on the level of business that’s done at Anfield, but one thing has become abundantly clear in recent years. Typically, you get what you pay for and Liverpool’s system of looking for cheap bargains hasn’t been working.
Last year’s transfer activity can be looked at in a couple of ways. With a virtually non-existent net spend, Jürgen Klopp has already achieved the same number of wins as the last campaign already. Liverpool are in with a great shout of making the Champions League, having finished only 8th the previous campaign. That’s the positive perspective no doubt.
On the other hand, it’s no coincidence that the two biggest signings in Mané and Wijnaldum appear to be making the biggest impact right now. It’s too early to write off Loris Karius, but he’s looked like a £4 million keeper this season rather than a bargain and Klavan looks like the back-up centre-half he is. James Milner has done a decent job at covering the left back role, but seems to have struggled recently whilst the midfield has missed that deep lying playmaker all season. January still seems like it could come back to haunt us for many reasons too.
The names that we’re linked with such as Lacazette, Brandt and Keita won’t come cheap and other top level teams will be competing. They’re names that would naturally improve the first team squad and send a statement to the rest that Liverpool could still attract real talent to Anfield. Gambles could be taken on potential and there always the possibility that one or more could come up trumps.
This summer will tell us a lot about what we can expect under Klopp going forward. The manager has made it clear he’s told the owners that last season’s frugalness won’t be possible if the club is to progress in the way it’s needed. Actions speak louder than words in the transfer market. You can monitor whoever you want, but if you want quality you have to pay for it.