Jurgen Klopp tried to explain the plan for Liverpool’s summer transfer business on Friday. The Reds are facing a momentous summer.
Liverpool aren’t winning the title this year. They may not even make the top four. Things have fallen apart quickly for the champions.
That adds greater significance for the summer transfer window. Liverpool will need to make sure they come out of that in far better shape, ready to compete for the title once again.
Otherwise, they risk losing all momentum from their recent success. It would all be a little ‘back to square one’. And with an ageing squad, that could prove disasterous.
After all, it’s easy to build a good team when you’re doing it from a position of strength. Finishing out of the top four will make Liverpool’s job harder but not impossible.
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Should they not correct things, however, and suffer a poor season again next year? Their position of strength is lost.
So what’s the plan? Jurgen Klopp had a go at explaining the plan for the summer, naturally without giving too much away.
“I don’t think it is time for a massive rebuild like how I understand it,” said Klopp, per the BBC.
“The squad of this year didn’t have the chance to play together one time really. I think it would make sense to have a look at that [problem] but on top of that, of course little readjustments will happen.
“Reacting on the situation but planning at the same time for the future and all these kinds of things.
“I am not sure we can do that in the summer but that is what we will try.”
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Well, he’s probably right. Liverpool don’t need a ‘massive rebuild’. Or at the very least, Klopp won’t want one.
He signed Thiago in the summer as a change to his first XI, likely for this to be his first-choice team:
Alexander-Arnold – Gomez – Van Dijk – Robertson
Henderson – Fabinho – Thiago
Salah – Firmino – Mane
Only, he’s never used it once. Injuries ripped the opportunity from him and we likely won’t see this XI until next year at the earliest.
And that’s assuming no one leaves or another major star doesn’t arrive – and one may do.
We certainly wouldn’t begrudge Klopp wanting to see that XI play a season together before any rebuild. He clearly has faith in it, given it was almost certainly his plan for a title defence.
Outside of that, ‘planning for the future’ is a necessity. Liverpool’s squad is ageing and new faces must come in. Preferably, players like Diogo Jota who should enter their prime as the current stars fade.
All in all, then, we agree with Klopp’s assessment. There will be business this summer but he doesn’t need to tear everything up to do it.