Liverpool’s irreplaceable front-three will be called upon to deliver the goods again when the club’s 2020/21 title defence begins in September.

It wasn’t too long ago that the Reds were persistently linked with eye-watering moves for the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Jadon Sancho, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz in an attempt to bolster their attacking firepower for next season.

However, it now appears that none of the aforementioned list of world-class stars will be taking their talents to Anfield next season.

Due to the ongoing global pandemic and economic uncertainty, Liverpool are expected to enjoy a fairly quiet and subdued summer window.

Liverpool have leeway for one transfer.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 13: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp Signs A Contract Extension and chats with Sporting Director Michael Edwards and Mike Gordon FSG President and Liverpool F.C owner at Melwood Training Ground on December 13, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Financial uncertainty

Mohamed Salah (£34 million), Sadio Mane (£34 million)  and Roberto Firmino (£29 million) are conveniently all 28 and are firmly in the peaks of their respected careers.

It’s very rare to have each and every member of an attacking trident all at identical stages of their development.

However, there will come a time in the near future where the club will have to think which player is going to be moved on first before grooming the next replacement because as we all know too well in football, nothing lasts forever.

While it is incredibly possible and likely that Liverpool’s front trident will be just as potent in the upcoming campaign as they were in the last yet the attacking burden to consistently provide goals will not be eased in the upcoming window.

Plausibility and cost are therefore bigger determining factors regarding potential deals this summer and the reality is that neither of those terms can be met due to the impact of Covid-19.

Unless Liverpool were to lose one of their pedigreed front three – a situation they are not expecting this summer – then the likelihood of the club making a blockbuster attacking purchase is borderline impossible.

 

This raises the question as to whether the shop-window is closing on the likes of Salah, Mane and Firmino and also if their value could be declining year-by-year.

If this were true, then the likelihood is that Liverpool could cash in next season while they still can on one of their star-studded forwards to raise funds to purchase the next generational talent.

Jurgen Klopp recently extended his Anfield stay to 2024 which would dictate that the German manager will have eyes to the long-term fate of the squad as well as the imminent future.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 22: (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Harvey Elliott of Liverpool with Neco Williams of Liverpool Curtis Jones of Liverpool with the Premier League Trophy Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield on July 22, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

What next?

Football is always changing and nothing is certain. A club with the meticulous eye for detail as Liverpool are constantly searching for ways to improve meaning the future is so difficult to predict.

You do not need to be a sporting expert to conclude that Sancho, Mbappe and Havertz are players to consider for the English, European and world champions.

And, as proven, Edwards and his recruitment team Liverpool don’t often plump for the obvious choices but instead effectively use the information from their research group, led by Ian Graham.

Succession planning has already materialised internally at the club and the likes of Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams will all be utilised more next season.

Indeed, Liverpool will continue to be linked with the worlds most coveted names – and why shouldn’t they be? The Reds have dominated club football in the previous 13 months and turned Anfield into one of the most sought out footballing destinations.

The current economic state makes it easy to predict Liverpool’s spending pattern this summer yet with more sustained success and the shop-window closing on certain ageing assets, next year could be a different ball-game financially entirely.

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