With European football on the agenda next season, Liverpool need to add to their squad depth to cope with the extra fixtures.
Liverpool finished one point ahead of Arsenal last season to secure a fourth place finish and with it a return to the UEFA Champions League.
Expectations are high for the Reds’ return to European play. Liverpool is the most successful English club in the world of European football with five Champions League titles, the most recent coming during the 2004/05 season.
Now we’ll see how the team will fair with manager Jürgen Klopp steering the ship, but the big question on many people’s minds is: What does Liverpool need to do in order to perform at its best in the UCL?
Klopp has already been to one Champions League final – Borussia Dortmund in 2013 – so we know he has the tactical acumen to do it again.
The Anfield faithful is hoping that he can bring the same magic to the Kop and restore the Reds to their rightful place as champions of Europe. This is already a ferociously talented squad that has found itself hampered by injuries time and time again.
It’s been suggested that what the team needs most isn’t to break the bank on one or two superstar transfers but to make a number of smart decisions to add much-needed depth to the roster.
Few things are as attractive to potential signings as having an opportunity to play in the Champions League, and a berth in next year’s tournament could make them much more attractive to some major stars.
There’s little question that the Champions League is the most coveted trophy in club football. With no major tournament in the football world taking place this summer, all eyes are on the transfer rumours. The lack of other distractions makes for a bevy of delicious gossip and Liverpool are at the forefront of a lot of it.
Liverpool has the talent to be able to win, but more depth would likely work wonders for the squad. We already discussed the impact of signing Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk .
He’ll be a much-needed addition to the team’s back line, which was one of the sore spots for Liverpool last year. With the right reinforcements, they’ll be able to compete with the best of them.
In addition to Van Dijk, the club have added Dominic Solanke to their ranks. The 19-year-old came up through the Chelsea youth system but never saw much playing time with the Blues.
He was reportedly being courted by both Celtic and Red Bull Leipzig and is Liverpool’s second official signing of the transfer window. Solanke could make for a valuable asset off the bench to support Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino.
It should be noted that the addition of yet another striker makes it much less likely that Klopp will be signing a big-name goalscorer like Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe. Yet another injury to Daniel Sturridge would have the move for Solanke making a lot more sense.
Sturridge injury record puts the player’s continued presence in question as it seems like he spends more time on the sidelines than on the pitch. There’s no question as to the talent of Sturridge, but it’s become harder to justify his price tag given his injury-prone performances.
It’s been suggested that it’s finally time for Liverpool to part with Sturridge and that they should sell the star this summer. Freeing themselves of Sturridge could provide the opportunity for players like Solanke to receive more playing time, and could also make it easier to justify larger signings.
It’s going to be an exciting summer for Liverpool fans because, big or small, changes are definitely coming. It will be interesting to see how Klopp decides to shake things up, and we can all agree that it will be great to see Liverpool back in the Champions League.
Make sure to watch out for this summer’s rumours because Liverpool will surely be in the thick of things when it comes to the world’s biggest stars.