Dave Davis is adamant that Jürgen Klopp needs to be looking at alternative transfer targets with just over three weeks of the transfer window remaining.
Naby Keïta and Virgil van Dijk. The two players that Liverpool fans have spent most of the summer talking about and neither of them are at Anfield.
It does seem that a move for the Southampton centre-half appears the more likely of the two, although everything appears very hush-hush just now.
Even though van Dijk has handed in a transfer request, Liverpool cannot place all their eggs in one basket.
With less than a month until the window closes, we have to be into ‘alternative’ territory now.
Van Dijk isn’t the only top defender available in the world, although he’s quite rightly the one that every wants to see do the Melwood lean.
Napoli’s immense Kalidou Koulibaly had been mooted as a target for some time and it’s understandable why. The 6ft 5in Senegal centre-half could provide the physicality and aerial dominance that we seem to have been missing for so long.
It’s difficult to compare him directly to Van Dijk, but his agent has made it clear he’s available and he’d be a coup.
The Keïta deal appears to be lifeless if not completely over at the moment, although with a club like Red Bull you can never tell. Business sense may not kick in, despite the Guinean being able to leave for a fraction of his current market value next season.
However, he’s not the only midfielder who has been linked. Jean-Michael Seri has been linked after an impressive season with Nice and Schalke’s Leon Goretzka only highlighted his abilities further in the Confederations Cup.
Either would surely be a welcome boost with Adam Lallana set for a spell on the sidelines. The Oxlade-Chamberlain crowd haven’t gone silent either.
Everyone sees alternatives as a disaster but ask yourself the honest question. If Koulibaly and either Goretzka/Seri came through the doors at Melwood, would it be a good window? Add them onto Salah, Solanke and Robertson and the squad definitely looks stronger, there’s no two ways about it.
Mario Götze was the priority last season, yet Klopp couldn’t convince him to come to Anfield without Champions League football. His alternative – Sadio Mané didn’t work out too badly in the end.
Coutinho may be seen as our best player, but there’s an argument that Mané proved to be our most important player last season.
Julian Brandt appeared to be the hottest property in the Bundesliga as Liverpool and Bayern tried to convince him to take the next step and leave Leverkusen. It didn’t work out but that led Liverpool on a path to Mohamed Salah.
It’s early days for the Egyptian, but 4 goals in 5 pre-season games and an instant connection with Coutinho doesn’t half look bad.
There’s still time and the odds suggest that van Dijk will be a Liverpool player by the end of the window, although when he’ll be fit enough to play is another question.
However, he and Keita aren’t the be all and end all. As long as your alternatives are of similar quality, then those options have to be considered. With time fast running out too, Klopp’s hand may be forced very soon.