Liverpool Football Club will not be forced into panic buying inferior players this summer if they cannot secure Klopp’s top targets.
My least favourite thing in the world.
Nothing screams “we messed up badly somewhere this summer,” like being linked with Alexis Sanchez all window, only to see Mario Balotelli being paraded as your Luis Suarez replacement.
There’s been a lot of panic floating around on social media in particular, with the fear being that the Reds may end up doing something very similar this summer.
The van Dijk and Keïta sagas have continued to rumble on with seemingly no progress on the surface, while even positive news on deals for Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been hard to come by.
The fear is that Liverpool will miss out on all four of these players and that the contingency plan, if there is one – there is, don’t worry – will be to sign players of a far inferior quality, representing the ‘panic buy’ mentality.
But we really shouldn’t be worrying about that. At all.
Jürgen Klopp has already asked for patience from the fanbase and I’d be very surprised if, just one week into the summer window, he was panicking to the same degree that half of Liverpool Twitter is doing right now.
The German is a veteran of the summer transfer window. He knows who he wants, he knows how to get them and most importantly, he understands how trying to sign big-money targets works.
It takes time.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Klopp is said to be very much relaxed over the Reds current situation in the transfer market, despite only signing youngster Dominic Solanke and winger Mohamed Salah so far.
They quote an ‘Anfield insider’ who reveals: “Jürgen is happy with how our transfer business is being conducted.
“This summer was always going to be about quality rather than quantity and the manager understands that landing the kind of players he wants was always going to be about being patient.
“There is no sense of worry or panic. This window is about bringing in players who are better than the ones who are already here.”
Now, as much as you should take quotes from mysterious ‘Anfield Insiders’ with a pinch of salt, this truthfully tells us nothing we don’t already know.
We know Klopp is after quality players this summer and has identified a very small pool of targets that he personally believes will strengthen Liverpool’s squad this summer – not just add to it. He’s revealed himself that he is happy to be patient in order to get deals done and most importantly, we know he has alternatives in place for if something goes wrong.
How do we know this?
He’s already gone and signed one of them.
Mohamed Salah may look like the typical Jürgen Klopp signing but the winger was not his first choice. It was well documented earlier this year, that Klopp was desperately trying to convince Julian Brandt to move from Bayer Leverkusen and it was only once that became a truly dead-end option that Liverpool made their move for Salah.
While it may be frustrating to just sit back and let the club work away behind closed doors while our rivals are completing big money deals for the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alexandre Lacazette and Bernardo Silva, we must remember that not all transfer deals can be done so quickly.
Other big sides are struggling to get their own deals across the line, with Spurs not seemingly making any movement whatsoever so far, Chelsea missing out on what looked like a sure-thing in Romelu Lukaku and letting the Tiemoue Bakayoko saga continue to rumble on endlessly, while even Manchester United, despite securing Lukaku, have struggled to wrap up deals for Fabinho, Nemanja Matic and Ivan Perišić so far.
It is frustrating, believe me, I know. All I want is to be able to buy my “Keïta 8” away jersey and get on with it but sadly, Football Manager and real life are two very different things.
The club are working their hardest to get deals over the line and all we can do now as fans is sit back and be patient.
Ben Smith, a former employee of the BBC and generally reliable source of Liverpool information, has claimed on Twitter that the Reds transfer dealings will “gather momentum next week,” so who knows, we could be closer than you think.