Liverpool’s title defence has already been handed significant complications ahead of what is expected to be the most gruelling Premier League season to date.
It is likely the combination of cup competitions, deadlines and international commitments will dictate players participating both in midweek and on weekends for the foreseeable future as football looks to recover from the setbacks that have been dealt due to ongoing global pandemic.
Jurgen Klopp has been one of the biggest advocates of player protection and ensuring competition is reduced to decrease the risk of injury yet recent circumstances decree this is practically impossible with the limited timeframe to complete the 2020/21 season.
This is why squad depth will be fundamental towards Liverpool’s likelihood of retaining their Premier League title.
The unique situation we are currently in means the players will return for pre-season training on August 15 – just three weeks after Liverpool’s season was concluded.
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For teams like Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United their respective seasons are still ongoing and could continue until August 23 at the latest.
Liverpool themselves will benefit from gaining an early rest and could capitalise early on but if they are to remain the standard-bearers then having sufficient squad depth and rotation could mean everything.
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.
Plausibility and cost are the big determining factors regarding potential transfers for Liverpool and at this stage rotational options would serve better value than a solitary blockbuster attacking purchase
This is why it is paramount that Liverpool’s transfer targets are players that help bolster Klopp’s options if the senior stars are to cope with the slog ahead.
Who are the targets?
Ongoing reports have suggested that Liverpool are looking to sign Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis.
A £10 million fee for the Northern Ireland full-back has been mooted despite other reports claiming Norwich are holding out for at least £20 million [Telegraph] with Lewis contracted at Carrow Road until 2023.
According to a separate report from The Mirror, Liverpool are also interested in Watford forward Ismaila Sarr who could serve as a viable rotational option for the Reds’ invaluable attacking trio.
Sarr made his way to the Premier League last season after signing from French outfit Rennes for a fee of £25 million [BBC].
Watford’s confirmed relegation to the Championship could enable Liverpool to secure the signature of the Senegalese hot-shot at a cut-price.
Both players are exactly the kind of potential Liverpool could utilise to add another dimension to the squad next season.
Andy Robertson has missed just four league matches over the past two seasons and cannot be expected to remain injury-proof his entire career making another addition not just welcomed but necessary.
Liverpool have lost key personnel in both midfield and defence following the departures of Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren leaving two positions effectively still in need of filling.
Should Liverpool also choose to part ways with Xherdan Shaqiri then all of a sudden three experienced players in three completely separate positions have been moved on without sufficient replacement.
The Swiss winger made only two starts in the Merseyside outfit’s title-winning campaign and according to The Express, Liverpool are open to bids with Shaqiri likely to want more regular game-time elsewhere.
This creates the urge for an adequate and ready-made replacement and Sarr could be the perfect solution.
Sarr is certainly a player capable of turning it on and producing some stunning displays. Let’s not forget how he ripped us apart during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at Watford in February.
Sarr is destined for a bigger stage than Watford and Liverpool might do well to buy now rather than risk missing out.
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