Liverpool completed their first signing of the summer on Monday but they’re not necessarily done with transfers. Here are three areas they could improve.
Kostas Tsimikas arrived this week as left-back cover. The 24-year-old fills a gap in the squad and, largely, completes Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
The Liverpool boss now has multiple options across the board – but that doesn’t mean things are finished with their summer transfers. The Reds can still improve in certain areas and here’s how.
The most obvious one. Liverpool sold Dejan Lovren this summer but haven’t entered the transfer market to replace him. Klopp himself talked about the importance of having four senior centre-halves but the Reds now only have three.
If he doesn’t want to promote anyone from the academy – and the Echo claims he doesn’t – then the transfer market offers the safest alternative.
Potential target – Ben White
Divock Origi is the only real cover for Sadio Mane on the left – and he’s not even primarily a winger. The Belgian also didn’t enjoy a great season last year, scoring just once in 2020. Liverpool may need to enter the market if they want to improve there, though, as there isn’t an obvious left-winger in the academy ready to come up.
It’s the obvious way to improve the forward line, though. Bring someone in who can produce goals or assists and allow Origi to focus on playing down the middle.
Potential target – Ismaila Sarr
Another one recently linked with Liverpool. There is a catch, though – he hasn’t played left-wing. The signing would be on the basis that Klopp and co. can develop him into a left-sided player.
We’d back the boss to pull that one off, though.
Poor Origi – we’re picking on him again. As we said, the Belgian didn’t offer goals over the second half of the season and that’s a problem. It means the Reds lack output when the usual trio are on the pitch, with very little coming from the bench.
Finding a goalscorer would help that situation considerably, even if it meant Origi playing wide left more often. There is the option of Rhian Brewster, of course, and Liverpool need to decide if keeping him or loaning him out is better for his long-term development.
Potential target – Alexander Sorloth
A little out of the blue this one but reports in Turkey did link Liverpool with the forward back in April. It’s easy to see why.
Sorloth was a real flop at Crystal Palace but he’s just had an incredible season with Trabzonspor. The striker bagged 33 goals in all competitions, adding eight assists. Standing at 6ft4, too, means he’d add something very different to the Liverpool front line.