This summer was Liverpool’s quietest in modern history. The Reds only brought in 4 players in the latest transfer window: Harvey Elliott, Sepp van den Berg, Adrian and Andy Lonergan. Out of the reds 4 signings, 2 were youth prospects and 2 were backup goalkeepers. With Liverpool entering the summer on the back of a 6th Champions League win and having posted record profits, Kopites were mystified as to why the club didn’t bring in any big name players to bolster the squad. Given that Manchester City edged Liverpool out of the title by just 1 point, many fans felt we needed investment. Klopp could struggle to make any big name Liverpool signings in the near future for one key reason: rotation.
Liverpool have a settled starting 11. Jürgen Klopp doesn’t dare tinker with his front 3 or back 4. Injury has emerged as the only motivation for Klopp to ever tinker with his lineup. Why would Jürgen adjust his team when the Reds have won their last 17 Premier League games?
Although having a regular starting 11 is good for team chemistry – the squad now have a deep understanding of each other’s game – it is off putting to potential signings. There has been much talk in the Liverpool fanbase of a big money move for Kylian Mbappe next summer, would he want to leave a club where he is guaranteed to start every game? This is not to say that Mbappe doesn’t get into the Liverpool team but if he were to arrive, he certainly wouldn’t be guaranteed a starting berth for every game, not whilst the Reds still have Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Bobby Firmino.
If the Reds want to bring in top talent, Klopp will have to get used to rotating his side more often, otherwise we’d only be offering the world’s best talents a good view of the Kop as they wait for an injury to give them a chance.