The summer break can be a pretty boring period for football fans everywhere. Transfer rumours take on added significance because there’s simply nothing else to grab our attention.
Liverpool supporters, if reports are to be believed, should be prepared for a quiet couple of months, however. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when you’re just coming off the back of a club record 97-point haul in the Premier League and a sixth European Cup triumph. There really can’t be too much ‘wrong’, can there?
Fans worry that ‘standing still’ can be hugely detrimental, though. After all, under Pep Guardiola, City have continued to spend big every summer, constantly adding to the existing talent available to the former Barcelona and FC Bayern manager. Despite this, it looks like there won’t be any huge incoming transfers happening at Anfield between now and August.
The Reds will more than likely add one or two ‘budget’ options – think Xherdan Shaqiri – as Klopp seems to have every confidence in the current first-team.
At the back, Virgil van Dijk still has his best years ahead of him. The Dutch colossus was awarded the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award last season and, at 27, can probably look forward to another five or six years at the top of his game.
Joe Gomez has developed into a fine centre-half while Joel Matip played the best football of his Liverpool career after Gomez’s injury back in December.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has played in two Champions League finals and is still only 20 years old. That’s a phenomenal level of experience for such a young star.
Fabinho quickly made himself a fan-favourite with his performances in midfield while Naby Keita also showed glimpses of what he’s capable of before his end-of-season injury.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be returning to action with a full pre-season training programme behind him. It won’t be long before he reminds us all how important he was in linking Liverpool’s midfield and attack in the second half of the 2017/18 season.
The Reds’ front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are all contracted to the club until 2023 and seem happy to remain under Klopp.
According to LFC, Divock Origi will be staying regardless of any agreement to a contract extension or not. If a deal can’t be struck, he can leave the club next summer but Klopp, Michael Edwards and co are not willing to let him go before the 2019/20 campaign.
With Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno heading for the exit doors, Liverpool do need another forward who can do a job in the case of an injury to Salah, Firmino or Mane. Further cover in the full-back positions is also needed and maybe a centre-half if Dejan Lovren does decide to leave the club. Yet, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Klopp opted to promote some youth talent to fill these voids.
Importantly, Klopp, now almost four years into his spell at Anfield, has a squad moulded in his own image from players who believe in him and have bought into his system 100%.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” they said. Maybe. Only time will tell if that’s the club’s modus operandi at the moment and if they do, indeed, come to regret such an approach.