Jürgen Klopp is hoping to have all his transfer business done by the beginning of pre-season, exactly as he did last season.
Although there were a few areas of the squad that Klopp left dangerously thin going into the 2016/17 season, Jürgen Klopp didn’t make a single signing during the month of August.
Klopp’s transfer efficiency is such that it will allow Liverpool to train together and develop a level of chemistry before their UEFA Champions League play-off in mid-August.
This summer is one of the most important in Liverpool’s recent history with both the short and long-term development riding on the success on the signings that Klopp makes.
“The season is done. We have a bit of work to do with transfers and then at the start of July we begin pre-season. We have a lot to improve on, “Klopp said after the Reds’ post-season friendly in Sydney on Wednesday.
“I wish the signings happened tomorrow but the best scenario is that they are done for the start of pre-season.
“I don’t know if that will happen this time, we will see. But when they are all fit and healthy then we already have a really strong squad.”
Klopp’s proactive approach to the transfer market is reassuring in that you get the feeling he is entirely certain of what is required – despite last summer’s shortcomings. By getting everything done early on, it entirely removes the likelihood of panic-buys which were common under Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish in his second term as manager and Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with signing the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryan Sessegnon.
The common consensus among Liverpool fans is that a summer transfer window involving the aforementioned would be a success. This, however, would only be the case if Klopp can hold onto his key players with the likes of Philippe Coutinho crucial to any success on Merseyside.