Liverpool may want to make a superstar £100m signing in the summer. But their January stance runs the risk of making that difficult.
It appears Liverpool don’t want to sign anyone this January. That’s according to Jurgen Klopp, who admits that the financial situation makes it all unlikely.
It comes at a time when Liverpool could really use a signing. They’re ridiculously light at the back and a half-decent arrival could be the difference between winning the title and settling for top four.
But that’s only a short-term consequence. It could be a decision that dramatically impacts their summer.
Liverpool have an ageing team that will need a refresh and given the level of players reportedly available in 2021, that could come in the summer.
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Two remarkably talented young players are reportedly on the Liverpool radar. Both would cost upwards of £100m.
Then there’s Kylian Mbappe, whose contract expires in 2022. AS claims Liverpool are in a real position to bring him in this year. We can only imagine he’d cost around the £165m Paris Saint-Germain paid for him.
Both players are of a quality and standing that Liverpool don’t usually get near. This is eating at the top table – the Reds have never been there before.
And there’s a good reason for that. Liverpool’s standing is as high as it’s been for over 30 years.
That’s on the back of a Champions League win followed by a Premier League win. The attraction to Liverpool is that you’re joining the team on top of the world.
But that could slip. Liverpool have seen that slip before, of course, and they didn’t climb back on their perch for 30 years.
Thus avoiding a January signing could have a knock-on effect. If Liverpool struggle to regain form and slip down the table, will they have the same pulling power in the summer?
Suddenly, their success looks a little more fragile than it did. That might just be the difference between convincing Mbappe to join over Real Madrid.
It’s speculation, of course, but if Liverpool want to make their first £100m signing this summer, they might not want to take any chances in January.