Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has given fans a vague – and slightly worrying – transfer update after their 3-1 win over Athletic Club Bilbao.
If the Reds’ summer has been a success on the pitch, it’s been anything but off it.
The Reds have brought in three new players – Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke – but despite two looking to be promising, shrewd acquisitions, only Salah would walk into the current starting line up as a genuine improvement.
The club have attempted to poach Virgil van Dijk from Southampton and Naby Keïta from RB Leipzig with multiple outlets claiming they were his primary targets but currently, just over three weeks from the end of the transfer window, we’re no closer to signing either than we were two months ago.
It’s common knowledge that the Reds defence is in dire need of an upgrade and that they simply shouldn’t even be considering going into the new season with Dejan Lovren as one of their first choice options.
Add to this the need for another central midfielder – Adam Lallana is already injured while neither Emre Can and Jordan Henderson are particularly robust characters – and you’re already left with two positions that desperately need addressing.
It is perhaps slightly worrying then that the manager doesn’t seem to be too fussed about making many more signings before the window ends.
“Until August 31 we’ll run through the world with open eyes – that’s clear,” Klopp told reporters after the club’s 3-1 victory in Dublin on Saturday.
“It’s not that we decide on our own, it’s also about other clubs.”
“This pre-season has brought us new players. Alberto Moreno is 100% back which is really nice after a difficult year. Andy Robertson has shown all the skills he’s got. He’s still adapting to our kind of football but you can see what a threat he can be offensively.
“That means that Millie is free to play in midfield. Without going into the transfer market we have a new midfield player, which is nice.
“Dom Solanke has shown that he’s ready to play adult football. Ryan Kent, last season he developed unbelievably, and this pre-season has been completely different for him compared to last year. Without too much money or the highest transfer fees, we have additions to the squad which is good.”
I don’t know about you but if we end this summer transfer window having only signed Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson while already missing Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana to long term injuries, then that already sounds like a missed opportunity to me.