Liverpool have been transformed in the last five years. The Reds have gone from being directionless, even hopeless at the end of the Brendan Rodgers reign to dominant and optimistic under Jürgen Klopp. One of the areas that the club have become unbeatable in is recruitment but we feel this needs a slight amendment. Liverpool should lower the max age of our potential transfer targets given the amount of first team players on long term deals.
Since the arrival of Jürgen Klopp we have only signed one player over 28-years-old: Ragnar Klavan. This is of course excluding backup players signed on free transfers.
The Reds paid £4.2m for Ragnar Klavan in 2016, he was 30-years-old at the time and one could argue that is 27-years-old in centre forward years.
We have instead bought players on the precipice of their prime or youth players emerging as the stars of tomorrow.
This policy has served us well but we should consider lowering the max age of transfer targets even further given that our initial round of investment was so successful and many of these players are on long term contracts.
Of our starting XI, Gini Wijnaldum is the only player not tied to the club until at least 2023.
With our first team tied down for at least another three years, we should consider focusing on even younger players. Over the summer we only signed youth players, in January we landed the 24-year-old Takumi Minamino.
The Japanese forward should be the oldest player we buy for the next few windows.
If we continue to focus on players between the age of 18 and 23 we will be able to lay the foundations for our next squad overhaul in four or five years time.
To sign anybody over the age of 25 now wouldn’t be pragmatic given the quality of the squad and their longevity. We need to be thinking longer term – it has served us well so far. Remember, we make superstars – we don’t buy them.