This is the best time to be a Kopite in Liverpool’s modern history. The Reds have just been crowned champions of the world and they look set to secure a first top division title in 30 years. Liverpool have also got into the habit of keeping transfer targets under wraps. Kopites should be incredibly excited about potential new arrivals.
In recent seasons we have seen Michael Edwards making Liverpool transfers happen in nearly complete silence. It is often not until medicals are being arranged that details begin to emerge.
The most recent example of this is of course Takumi Minamino – there was just six days between The Independent reporting that the Reds had agreed a deal in principal for the Japanese attacking midfielder and Liverpool announcing that he would be joining in January.
In modern day football this level of secrecy is practically unheard of. Transfers have become long, drawn out sagas. Sure, the Reds were involved in one such saga with Virgil van Dijk but even then the move came out of nowhere when it was finally agreed.
Deals for Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita were confirmed swiftly after reports first emerged that Liverpool had approached the respective clubs.
This secrecy surrounding Liverpool transfers should have Kopites excited about new arrivals because we could have anybody sprung on us at any moment. Given that our recruitment team haven’t put a foot wrong in nearly five years, whichever player is sprung on us is likely to be a wise purchase.
In Jürgen Klopp we trust, in Michael Edwards we trust – in the gossip columns we don’t.