Liverpool could reportedly have £50m to spend this summer. Where should they spend it, though? We see two clear options – they just have to choose.
The Evening Standard recently claimed that Liverpool could sell three players to bring in £50m. Now, according to them, the Reds would look to spend that on Ismaila Sarr.
We don’t think that makes too much sense, though. The player is a risk and that’s an awful lot to sacrifice for someone who isn’t a sure thing. You can read more about that here.
But Liverpool do need to look at investing in a forward. They also need a centre-half, however – so which is more important right now?
The case for a forward
You need only look at Liverpool’s options from the bench to see why they’d want a forward. Their chief replacement for the front-three is Divock Origi and he managed just four Premier League goals last season.
His strike against Newcastle United on the final day was his first of 2020 and he didn’t register an assist after January. For a player who is both the cover at centre-forward and left-wing, that’s worrying.
So Liverpool could use someone to offer a bit more as cover. The reliance on Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio mane is huge and that’s not a good thing.
That player could be another centre-forward but Rhian Brewster is a real option after his loan spell with Swansea City. Alternatively, Liverpool sign a winger. Hence the links to Sarr, then.
Then there’s the case for not singing a centre-half. Liverpool currently have three senior players in Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez. Then there are Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever coming through – do Liverpool want to block them?
Fabinho can cover centre-half as well, so is this position really a priority?
The case for a centre-half
This one really comes from Jurgen Klopp himself. He spoke before Dejan Lovren left of the importance of having four senior options there. Right now, he only has three.
The Echo recently claimed that Liverpool don’t want to promote a player from the academy just yet, too. That suggests that if Klopp doesn’t want to use Fabinho as an option, they’ll have to sign someone.
There are links to Ben White, of course, as seen in that Echo report. He could be pricey, however, but the potential player sales would cover the fee.
So while we don’t personally see the need for a centre-half, it appears that Klopp really does. If he wants four, then that should take precedent over anything else and a move needs to happen.
The question then is whether Liverpool need a £30m defender. If the player is fourth-choice, they could afford to spend far less.
But as the champions, why settle for second-best? If they consider White to be a huge talent, then Liverpool could spend the cash to secure him.
Weighing things up
You’ve got to back Klopp, don’t you? If he wants four senior centre-halves, then we say give him that and try out Brewster as a goalscorer next season. There’s always the chance that Origi finds his form again, too.
Whether White is the right player, we don’t know. But once again, if that’s what Klopp wants, he’s earned the right to get it and Liverpool should spend accordingly.