Liverpool appear set for a bigger squad next season despite their cautious transfer policy. The Reds won’t spend big but Jurgen Klopp will have more options at his disposal.
As Klopp said at the end of June, Liverpool hope to create their transfers ‘internally’. That’s another way of saying they hope to develop players, rather than spending big on anyone.
The economic downturn explains why the latter isn’t going to happen. The Reds simply don’t want to risk parting with cash when times are so uncertain.
There is, apparently, some leeway for signing players, though. Liverpool reportedly want to bring in a backup left-back who can also cover the left-wing spot. If they can find the right player, then we can see an addition.
Goal says that player could be Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis, for instance. That’s the kind of player the Reds want – cheap but with potential.
And if they get him, there’s a slightly bigger squad already. Klopp won’t have to rely on Andy Robertson quite so much, nor will he need to pull players around to cover him.
Now, this is the primary way the squad will expand. Right away, Neco Williams is set to help out immensely now he’s proven he can play right-back in the Premier League. It remains to be seen if he can play left-back, too, but he looks like a wonderful talent on the right.
Klopp can use Williams simply as cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold. But more than that, he opens the door to moving Alexander-Arnold around and trying new things. Without another recognised right-back, Klopp hasn’t had that luxury yet.
Then there’s Curtis Jones. The Scouser isn’t just another number in the squad but actually looks like the player Liverpool have wanted for two years. He’s not just someone who can fill a gap in the team or help rest others – he’s an option that changes Liverpool’s game plan.
Usually, you’d pay a lot of money for that but Jones has fallen into Liverpool’s lap.
Harvey Elliott isn’t on the level of Jones – yet – but he looks set to play a part next season. He can cover the wide positions and, potentially, an attacking midfield role if Klopp wanted to try it. No, we wouldn’t expect anything major from the teenager. But he’ll be there to help rotate the squad and gain experience.
Another player who could make an impact is Rhian Brewster. The forward has gained valuable experience at Swansea City and played very well. If he can transfer those goals into the Premier League, Liverpool will have an extra goalscorer in the squad – something they’ve lacked this campaign.
Sticking with what you’ve got
There are a few players in the squad who we expected to leave this summer. Adam Lallana will, of course, now that his contract is up. But for others, like Dejan Lovren and Xherdan Shaqiri, we’re not so sure anymore.
If Liverpool aren’t signing players, it makes little sense to sell. Not only will prices fall as clubs lose out on cash but the Reds may be best served to hold onto everyone they have. They’re extra options that they can’t easily replace.
It may well be that one – or even both – of them take a place in the Liverpool squad.
So while there are players coming into the squad for next season, they may not replace anyone – Lallana aside. They are currently looking like additions, instead.
No, there won’t be blockbuster signings. But that doesn’t mean that Klopp won’t have an array of options for next season that he didn’t for this campaign.
It will be a different squad, even if it is quite subtle in that difference. As things stand, it certainly appears that Liverpool will have a huge squad for next season.
They’ve definitely got the option for a bigger squad – we’ll just need to see if they take it.