Jurgen Klopp has a transfer priority this summer, according to reports. The boss doesn’t want to replace his stars.
This comes from the Athletic. They claim Jurgen Klopp has a transfer priority – a new forward.
Klopp apparently sees this as more important than any other position. That’s interesting, given how short-handed Liverpool have been in defence this season.
Not to mention that Gini Wijnaldum is out of contract this summer and will need a replacement. Still, it’s up top that Klopp wants someone.
There’s another key part to this, too. Klopp is looking to supplement his current options, rather than replace them.
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What RTK has to say
We think this is a really interesting stance to take. As we mentioned, there are other areas of the squad that definitely need someone new.
Or perhaps they don’t? Maybe the boss has faith in his current options to fill gaps in the squad. There’s certainly enough young talent to do so, if that’s how he wants to go about things.
What this definitely tells us, though, is that Klopp thinks this squad can win another trophy. He doesn’t want to tear it up and try something new.
Otherwise, you’d go big on a new forward this summer. The Reds have struggled for goals, the front-three are all pushing 30, and now feels like the time to go in a different direction.
In not doing so, in simply supplementing them, Klopp suggests they can deliver again. There won’t be a rebuild, but a restoration.
As for who the forward could be? It’s not obvious. Liverpool haven’t been linked with many forwards outside of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.
But those aren’t ‘supplemental’ players – they’re stars. They’re the ones you go for when you do want to replace what you’ve got. Klopp’s priority suggests Liverpool aren’t going to try and sign either.
Instead, this is a lifeline for the current front-three. Klopp will sign competition for them but he’ll back them for at least another year.
They’re getting help, rather than replacements.