Jack Hallows explains why for once, money probably won’t be the main issue that Liverpool run into this summer when trying to bolster their ranks.
We know the drill.
Every summer we get to the transfer window and Liverpool inevitably miss out on at least one or two top targets simply because we make a low ball offer and another team comes in with an amount that gazumps it.
However, that is not set to be the issue this summer.
Having failed to find any available targets that fit the mould in the winter, Klopp opted to trust his instinct.
The German decided waiting to strengthen in the longer, far more exciting summer window instead would make more sense and allow him a wider availability of his top targets.
Could he run into the same problem this window as well?
The owners have made it no secret that there is money for the German to spend. Mohamed Salah’s signing has already broken the club’s transfer record and Klopp’s shortlist is not exactly full of cheap nobodies but what happens when clubs ignore the ‘every player has his price’ way of looking at things?
The Reds are evidently opting to wait and shell out larger sums on players that genuinely fit the mould, with Jürgen Klopp supposedly preferring to take a quality over quantity approach this summer.
The German has spoken on many occasions of how rare it is to find a player who can actually make the difference required in both terms of quality and fit to his system, so it would make sense to see the Reds bring in a handful of those reinforcements rather than seven or eight players who would simply represent stop gaps.
The fact that the Reds have even included the likes of Naby Keïta, Kylian Mbappé and Virgil van Dijk on their shortlist is certainly a positive development on FSG’s previous, money-ball transfer strategy. However, the Reds have not submitted bids for any of the three players due to a lack of availability.
UEFA’s decision to allow both RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg to compete in the Champions League puts them in pole position to keep hold of Keïta, Mbappé is the subject of major interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid and we all know what has happened with Virgil van Dijk.
All of these players would command massive price tags, with Keïta valued lowest at a whopping £50m+ but that is not an issue for Liverpool this summer. The funding is not endless but it will not play a major role in many – if any – potential deals this window and there are not many players out there who the club would deem ‘unaffordable.’
While being willing to stump up whatever money is required is certainly a positive step in the right direction, sporting director Michael Edwards has a huge job on his hands to start convincing clubs to part with their key assets.
The chance to play in the Champions League, at Anfield, under a manager like Jürgen Klopp is a huge draw for any player but we’ve seen what happens when that’s the sole avenue the Reds explore when trying to help targets decide they want to leave for Merseyside.
Prising Mohamed Salah from Roma’s unwilling grip was a good start but now, the real work has only just begun. Klopp may have intimated that early groundwork had been positive back in May but if the Reds are going to be successful this window, we may all have to be a little more patient.