Liverpool’s next generation could arrive next summer if we believe certain reports. The Reds could be set to splash the cash at the end of the season.
There have been some exciting reports this week. Firstly, the Independent claimed Liverpool could move for Jadon Sancho at the end of the season. Manchester United failed in a pursuit for the player, of course, after Borussia Dortmund reportedly slapped on a price-tag of £108m.
And that failure opens the door for Liverpool next summer.
But he wouldn’t be the only one, apparently. SportBild believes that Liverpool are among the clubs looking at Dayot Upamecano. The Frenchman is supposedly available at the end of the season with a £40m release clause.
So we could see a very eventful transfer window once this season is behind us. And it’s one that would bring about Liverpool’s next generation.
Look at Liverpool’s current squad and one thing stands out – nearly every star is pushing 30. Here’s a list of the players who, at the time of writing, are at least 28:
Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Gini Wijnaldum, Thiago, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Aside from the full-backs and Fabinho, that’s Liverpool’s starting XI for the 2019 Champions League final, along with Milner and Thiago.
To put it bluntly, then, this could be the final season where that group of players are in Liverpool’s starting XI. The rebuild will have to start soon or the Reds risk having to do it all at once.
So the links to players like Sancho and Upamecano are no surprise. Sancho is 20 but is an established international with two fulls Bundesliga seasons behind him. Upamecano is 21 and, again, an international with two full Bundesliga seasons behind him.
Both are very young but already great players. Their potential is huge and – most importantly of all – both could be available within 12 months. There may be no better players to look at if Liverpool are starting their next generation.
There are already pieces of that generation at the club, of course. Trent Alexander-Arnold will lead it, while Joe Gomez and Curtis Jones will hopefully take key roles. Diogo Jota, too, could establish himself before long as he’s just 23. Then Andy Robertson is still only 26 – he’s got a good few years left.
Liverpool just need to add the right players to that so they can ensure success over the next decade. They won’t want this current generation to be the pinnacle. There will be far grander plans than that.