Here are three ways Jurgen Klopp can keep his Liverpool side fresh without further signings. The Reds may be done for the summer.
Liverpool confirmed the signing of Kostas Tsimikas on Monday. The Greek will bring in cover for the left-back role but he may be the only new signing this summer. The Liverpool Echo reported last month that there was leeway for just one signing, after all – a left-back.
We look into how Klopp can still keep things fresh without returning to the transfer market.
Return of the loans
Liverpool may not sign anyone else but that doesn’t mean they can’t add to the squad. The likes of Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster are all back after loan spells and can play their part.
The trio impressed on their respective excursions. Grujic, in particular, won plaudits in Germany with Hertha BSC and his physical style appears to suit Liverpool
Brewster scored plenty over the second half of the campaign with Swansea City. He may be able to translate those goals into a real positive for the Reds. They could do with extra ammunition from the bench, certainly.
Wilson is a difficult one. He did bag seven Premier League goals from the wing but the second half of the season went poorly. Still, should Xherdan Shaqiri leave, Wilson may provide cover on the right flank.
Changing the system
The most drastic thing Klopp could do is change how Liverpool play. Now, that doesn’t mean diverging from the ‘Gegenpress’ or slowing the tempo down. But it could lead to a different formation.
The boss has relied on the 4-3-3 for almost his entire time at Anfield. If he did want to keep opponents guessing, utilising a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-4-2 could really do that. It would allow for the front players, in particular, to play different roles, while leaning into Liverpool’s versatile selection of midfielders.
It comes with risks, of course. Liverpool thrive on their consistency – changing the system could upset that considerably.
We saw Harvey Elliot, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams step into the first-team at the end of last season. They were successful, too, and all three will add something new to the team for next season.
Their success could lead to more coming through, too. There’s Scouser Paul Glatzel, for instance, who may have made his debut already if not for injury.
Or there are Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg in defence. With Dejan Lovren gone, perhaps one or both will get a Premier League chance if Klopp decides against further signings.