Liverpool are in a position to improve themselves without spending a penny this summer.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently sitting in second on 94 points, going into the final game with a chance of winning the title. Now, teams in this position usually take advantage of that by making a big-money signing.
Someone to lift things, change things, push the side on. There’s not actually any need for that at Liverpool, though – they’re going to get better, anyway.
That’s because of a good few factors. Firstly, the age of the team. James Milner is the only player over 30 – every other player is in their peak or coming into it.
The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez, for instance, will start next season as better players than they began this one.
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Then there’s the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster. Both would have been regulars in the first-team squad this season, if not for awful injuries last term. They’re back, though, and that is hugely beneficial to Liverpool once again.
Last summer’s signings, too, will be better players and, more importantly, more comfortable than they were last August. Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Alisson all took a little time to get up to speed. There will be no waiting around next season.
Keita, in particular, is only now starting to show exactly what he’s capable of. We can expect even more progress next year.
This isn’t to say that Liverpool shouldn’t spend. We’ve seen the value that the club can find in recent years and they may do once again.
But Liverpool are in a fantastic position where even if there is no summer spending, they’ll still move forward. That’s a great luxury. It allows the club to focus on further improvement, rather than replacements.
Few clubs in the world are in a better position than Liverpool right now.