It’s time to start planning for the summer but Liverpool would be taking a real risk with a repeat of last year.
Liverpool didn’t sign anyone last summer, of course. No one for the first-team, anyway, as their outlay was only on teenagers with little experience.
There’s no denying that it was an inspired decision, though. The Reds kept things together, made sure there wouldn’t be any interruption, and improved internally. Everyone deserves enormous credit for that.
Because that was a risk. What if things had stagnated? What if motivation levels faltered? Suddenly, Liverpool would have lost their chance to capitalise on Champions League success.
Instead, they spent nothing on their first-team and have more money and more options going forward as a result.
Subscribe to Rousing The Kop TV now
A second summer of that, though, and Liverpool are taking a much bigger risk. Especially after a season where it appears that Liverpool will finally clinch the league title.
The chances of stagnation and motivation falling just feels more likely. Freshening things up would help prevent that.
Not to mention the ages of the Liverpool first-team right now. Most of the key players are pushing 30 – Liverpool need to think about the future. This summer is surely the time to do that.
Because any new signing will need time to bed into a world-class team. You can’t expect them to join and thrive at the levels Liverpool expect from day one.
Take Sadio Mane, for instance. He’s been brilliant since he arrived, yes, but he’s hitting his truly world-class heights only over the last two years. It did take him a couple of campaigns before he reached his potential.
Any new signing would be the same. They’d need time to hit the heights of the current crop and Liverpool must give it to them. They’ll have to start as soon as they can.