With Liverpool, the excitement around transfer speculation is usually more rewarding than the end result.
This isn’t a complaint but more of a reality to the fact that it is very difficult to improve a squad of players that have amassed a total of 196 points over the previous two seasons.
So far, Kostas Tsimikas has been secured to provide cover in a left-back area that has been worryingly lacking cover to Andy Robertson for some time now.
Liverpool’s squad depth even despite just the solitary addition coupled by Saturday’s Community Shield defeat, there are still reasons be optimistic this summer.
Thiago Alcantara still remains the great enigma of this summer’s transfer window and it is likely that this deal will remain totally ambiguous regarding its plausibility until the end of the window which is due to shut on October 5.
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With that said, Liverpool have been linked in recent weeks with a number of players that could transform Jurgen Klopp’s champions from a team, not just capable of reclaiming their Premier League crown but totally dismantling the English top-flight once again all together.
Let’s face it, this is the love drama that just continues to encapsulate supporters.
Reports in Germany claim that Liverpool are the favorites to sign the Spanish international although there are concerns still that the Reds will only sign Thiago if they are to lose another midfielder – a situation the club are expecting not to happen this summer.
Thiago, 29, is one of the world’s best midfielders and is available for £29 million, the MEN report.
He would give Liverpool a different style in their midfield approach and would also effectivley solve two problems at once.
Thiago can play both in the No.8 position as well as the holding role both as efficiently which means if Liverpool were to suffer injuries to both Joel Matip and Joe Gomez – who both have been culpable to setbacks in the past – then Fabinho can then drop in and cover in defence while Thiago fills in effortless in the holding role.
If a deal could be done, and this is a big if, he would help Liverpool become one of the hardest team to beat in the Champions League as well as the Premier League.
Extra attacking firepower from the wings is needed next season, with Xherdan Shaqiri effectively playing a limited role last season.
Sadio Mane has remained an ever-present figure on the left side of Liverpool’s irreplaceable front-trident yet an attacking understudy wouldn’t go amiss to give the Senegalese ace a break from time-to-time.
And who better than Mane’s international compatriot and potential forward successor Ismaila Sarr.
Liverpool’s reported interest in Sarr is very intriguing. Already at just 22, Sarr has showcased Klopp first hand that he would be a fantastic addition.
The main issue surrounding a potential deal currently hinges on price with The Evening Standard reporting that it would take an eye-watering fee of £40 million to sign Sarr from Watford.
Given his age and undeniable potential, we believe if Liverpool were to offload the likes of Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson for reasonable fees, it could suddenly raise funds for the club to move in for Sarr who would be an exciting prospect for years to come.
Potentially the final piece of the jigsaw and a player who caught the attention of Liverpool manager Klopp as recently as last week.
Patson Daka was the star of the show for RB Salzburg during a friendly match against the Reds during their pre-season tour of Austria in which Daka was on the scoresheet twice during a 2-2 stalemate with the Premier League champions.
Daka, 21 scored 24 goals in 31 league appearances for the Austrian outfit last season.
In all competitions, he netted an impressive 27 goals and provided a further 12 assists having clocked up 45 appearances in all competitions. One of these goals came in the Champions League.
In 2017, Daka was crowned the Young African Player of the Year and his career has been on an upward trajectory ever since.
Liverpool most recently benefited from the services of an upcoming prospect from Salzburg following Takumi Minamino’s Anfield arrival back in January.
The 24-year-old versatile forward signed for a bargain £7.25 million fee [BBC] earlier this year and recently netted his first goal for the Reds during Liverpool’s Community Shield defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.
The Mail report that Liverpool would have to pay around £20 million to land Daka.
If these reports are to be true it would represent a modest amount for an upcoming talent who clearly has a talent for finding the back of the net.
Daka is less proven than previous attacking targets such as Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner, but his profile and untapped potential is something that befits a typical Klopp target – more importantly, he would be more than half the price of Werner.
Liverpool have thrived in the past from sensible negotiating and Daka would be a good investment in the current market.
If Liverpool were to get Thiago, Sarr and Daka for the 2020/21 campaign, there will be no limit to what this Reds team could achieve.
A title defence would not just be a dream, it would be expected.
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