Liverpool have spent some cash this summer and it’s finally delivered what Jurgen Klopp needs in the cups. He can match Pep Guardiola.
There was a period where it seemed Liverpool wouldn’t spend this summer. Then it appeared that £11.7m left-back Kostas Tsimikas would be the only incoming player.
And then last weekend happened.
On a mad Friday, Liverpool confirmed Thiago for £20m. Then rumours circulated that they also wanted Diogo Jota. They gathered pace in a matter of hours and it was quickly apparent that Liverpool were closing in on the deal.
And they confirmed that on Saturday. Jota arrived from Wolves for £41m and Liverpool’s attack kicked up a gear.
In total, Liverpool have spent around £72m in this window. And in doing so, they’ve finally caught up with Manchester City and Guardiola.
Klopp has had incredible success at Liverpool but he still hasn’t won any of the cups. But this could be the year that changes.
The new additions mean the Reds have fantastic squad depth – particularly relevant this year. The schedule is far more dense this year, given the late start, and rotation will be vital. Nonemoreso than in the cups.
Klopp tends to play a second team in them anyway and one look at Liverpool’s squad shows you how strong that team can be.
Adrian will surely play in goal, while Tsimikas can play left-back with Neco Williams is on the right. We could even see games with both Joel Matip and Joe Gomez at the back, if Fabinho continues to play centre-half in the Premier League.
They could put out a midfield with James Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Gini Wijnaldum or Curtis Jones. And that leaves a first-choice three of Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson for the league.
Up top, Liverpool have Jota, Takumi Minamino and Harvey Elliott in reserve. They may even have Xherdan Shaqiri, if he stays.
City have dominated the cups in recent years. They’ve won five of the last seven League Cups and won the FA Cup in 2019. That year they won every domestic trophy, in fact.
And they’ve done it through ridiculous squad depth. Their talent pool is such that their squad players are levels above everyone else – that’s very handy when fighting on all fronts.
But Liverpool can change that this year. Their additions mean Klopp can finally compete in every competition, including the cups.