Dave Davis is curious about what will happen to supporters’ expectations if Liverpool sign their primary transfer targets this summer.
Even more so with the reports that a deal for Naby Keïta is closer than ever.
However, Mohamed Salah’s debut goal and performance do pose the question; what level are Liverpool operating at if they land all their major targets before the window shuts?
Last year’s fourth place finish left a funny feeling with many. Reds everywhere would have taken it at the start of the season as many thought we had the sixth or even seventh best squad in the league.
However, come the end of December a title challenge appeared plausible as we put many to the sword and were unbeatable in the big games. We all know what happened from January onwards.
If though, and it is a huge if right now, everything does come to fruition how Jürgen Klopp desires, expectations may well go up a notch.
A top class midfielder (Keïta), a commanding centre-back (van Dijk) and a quick goal-scoring winger (Salah) were top of many fans’ wish-lists.
Competition for Milner (Robertson) and real options (Oxlade-Chamberlain) would have most of us salivating and daring to dream. The #FSGOut brigade would run for the hills and Michael Edwards’ stock with fans would be quickly reversed.
An outlay of close to £200 million is more expected of the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea. Therefore, the questions would really have to be asked: What would be realistic expectations at Anfield this season?
Would top four and no trophies simply be enough? Many believe that trophies are more important than the Champions League places, but what would you deem that as acceptable? We’d be up there with the big spenders in the league and who is to know if this would be a one-off.
There are twists and turns left to go though, and departures, never mind arrivals, are yet to be confirmed.
Liverpool have to find a buyer willing to pay £30 million for Sakho, while incredibly there appears to be competition for Alberto Moreno.
Sturridge, much to the surprise of many, looks like he’ll be staying at Anfield for the coming season too. He still has his admirers, though.
There’s a long time between now and the 3rd of September. Plenty of time for transfer requests, negotiations, a ‘he’s not for sale at any price’ message and a get in tweet.
If it does go how many believe, including the bookies right now, then a quality over quantity strategy may make you think carefully. Huge ifs no doubt, but sweeping ones if they happen.