Liverpool could head into the season with six new players compared to last year. The Reds will have squad depth they’ve previously missed.
Liverpool’s squad to kick off last season was a familiar one. Jurgen Klopp and co. didn’t add any new senior players other than Adrian over that summer, meaning the squad was essentially the same that won the Champions League.
Yet somehow, with holes in the squad, Liverpool absolutely dominated the Premier League. They effectively had it wrapped up in January, even if they had to wait until July to pick up the trophy.
But how do things look for the season ahead? Will Liverpool go with the same strategy? Well, with the season kicking off in under two weeks, and Community Shield out of the way, we have an idea. And the Reds are set for a bigger squad than their title-winning season.
The obvious additions are the teenagers. Harvey Elliot, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams are all first-team members now but none of which were there a year ago.
Elliott wouldn’t make his Liverpool Premier League debut until January where he played one minute against Sheffield United. Jones made his debut in December but it wasn’t until after the restart that he became a semi-regular.
Williams, too, had to wait. He debuted in the Premier League after the restart but quickly became a feature. Now all three boost Liverpool’s squad for next season. Now they’re certainly not new Liverpool players but they are a strength that the Reds didn’t have a year ago.
There has only been one so far but Kostas Tsimikas is a Liverpool player. The Greek defender will cover Andy Robertson at left-back – a luxury the Reds didn’t have last season. They can now afford to rest Robertson, while they’re also not in too much trouble if he picks up an injury.
But Tsimikas may not be the only one. Ian Doyle told the Echo on Tuesday that he personally ‘expects’ at least two more arrivals in this window. He didn’t name names but he did mention positions – centre-half, midfield, and a wide forward.
As for who those players could be, you can see our thoughts here. But for now, we can merely say that there’s a good chance we see at least three new faces, including Tsimikas.
The Daily Mirror claimed on Tuesday that Klopp may keep Marko Grujic at the club. That’s something we find surprising but it’s certainly true that the Serbian is still at the club and playing in pre-season.
So we may see some loanees returning. Grujic isn’t the only one, after all, as Rhian Brewster is back from Swansea City. We think he can play a part for Liverpool this season and is one we hope sticks around.
There’s also Harry Wilson – although, we see him as far less likely. But we’d have said the same about Grujic, in fairness.
That’s how you refresh a champion squad. Liverpool are introducing new players through signings, promotions, and handing second-chances. It all means that a squad which lacked depth last season is more comfortable for this campaign.
And that’s quite a remarkable thing to say about the champions.
But with the three teenagers and Tsimikas, Liverpool have four new players in their first-team compared to last year. Doyle believes we can add two more to that – maybe three. Then you’ve potentially got Grujic and Brewster taking roles.
That could be nine extra players if all comes to pass. While Liverpool aren’t blowing teams out of the water with spending, they have found a few clever ways to keep things ticking over.