Jack Hallows believes this summer is the perfect opportunity for Liverpool to match their off-field dealings with their on-field ruthlessness.
The way this season is shaping up, the coming summer is set to provide Jürgen Klopp with the best opportunity for an utterly ruthless transfer window that this club has had in years.
We’ve just watched Liverpool respond to defeat at Old Trafford by hammering five past Watford – the fifteenth time this season they’ve scored three or more goals in a Premier League game – and this ruthless nature on the field must be matched by Klopp in the market this summer.
The German is building something special at this club and there are members of his starting XI that would get into any side in Europe. In fact, when Naby Keïta arrives from RB Leipzig in July, Klopp will have a serious base for next season. Virgil van Dijk, Keïta, Firmino, Salah and Mané is a nucleus more than capable of leading a team to silverware but it’s who surrounds them that could make all the difference.
With players such as Joël Matip, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson failing to hold down a regular place either through form or injury and Emre Can looking set to depart in the summer, there is certainly room for squad improvement.
Some may question the idea of spending big bucks to buy players simply for competition in the squad but look at all of the best sides in Europe this season. What makes them so impressive is not only their starting XIs but their ability to maintain their quality when rotation is needed.
For example, Manchester City suffered an injury to Raheem Sterling recently who, no matter your opinion of his Anfield exit, has been sublime for Guardiola this campaign. How did Guardiola solve the problem? By bringing in the £43m rated Bernardo Silva and watching the Portuguese score vital goals against Arsenal and Chelsea.
With the ever-growing fixture list of modern football, ‘luxury options’ are guaranteed minutes and the availability of these options is crucial.
While Liverpool did just dispatch Watford 5-0, their 2-1 loss to Manchester United the previous week proved there are still ways in which Klopp can bolster this squad.
Of course, the signing of Naby Keïta will bring a major change to the midfield dynamic and inject some much-needed creativity but how about up front? How great would it have been to see Klopp turn to his bench and bring on someone such as Timo Werner to lead the line?
He could’ve still dropped out the ineffective Oxlade-Chamberlain, bringing Firmino back into more of a ’10’ – or second striker – role and suddenly having four pacy, interchangeable attackers attempting to batter down United’s bus and force a gap.
It’s true that you never know what’ll happen in football and that it might not have yielded a different result but it would’ve been a darn-sight more effective than bringing on Dominic Solanke and Adam Lallana.
Then there’s the goalkeeper debate.
With Simon Mignolet looking set to depart and the manager evidently not rating Danny Ward, why not splash the cash on Roma’s Alisson?
It’s true that the German Loris Karius has been much improved since January with big saves against Southampton, West Ham and Newcastle helping Liverpool to nine points out of nine from those games but if he can be improved upon and the money’s there, then why not do it?
Liverpool have been fantastic of late but the goal for every major team in Europe is to win trophies and the only way to do this is with consistent progression season-by-season.
The likes of Paris Saint Germain, Manchester City, Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all spend big money on players that can make an impact both from the start of a game or when entering in the 60th minute from the bench.
I’m not saying Liverpool need to go out and buy the league but this could be their best opportunity to spend big on players who not only fit but improve the quality of both the starting line up and the squad as a whole.