Man City have a grand plan for next season, according to reports. It’s one that’s in stark contrast to Liverpool’s supposed ideas.
This comes from the Daily Mail. They claim that Man City plan on spending around £200m to get two stars this summer.
First is Erling Haaland – no surprise there. The Norwegian is the hottest property going, with every major club hoping to sign him. City want to make that happen by spending a fortune.
The other star? Jack Grealish. City hope to convince Aston Villa that they should sell by, once again, offering a fortune.
The Mail’s report has each star down as costing around £100m. That would make them the two most expensive signings in Premier League history.
It’s clearly an effort from City to attack the Premier League title post-Sergio Aguero. In fact, more than attack it – they want to keep it for some time.
Haaland, in particular, would be City’s long-term plan to stay on top. Assuming he becomes the player we all think he’ll be, of course.
City’s plan is certainly exciting, then. It’s also in complete contrast to what Liverpool are reportedly doing.
‘Evolve’, not ‘revolve’
The Athletic states that both Jurgen Klopp and FSG are in agreement – the Reds need evolution, not revolution. They don’t want any big changes this summer, just additions to their squad.
There won’t be an earth-shattering signing, in other words. As the report states, they want Ibrahima Konate but we’re not sure the Frenchman even starts in the strongest XI.
A replacement for Gini Wijnaldum has to come in, too. But again, would they start? We fully expect Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson to be the first-choice midfield trio next season.
And up top, the Athletic has claimed before that Klopp doesn’t want a superstar. He wants a ‘supplemental’ player – someone who can add something different to what he’s got, rather than a replacement player.
Liverpool, then, hope to attack the Premier League title with consistency next season. No big changes – largely the same tried and tested system that delivered it last year.
It’s completely different to City’s idea but it is one that’s worked before. Liverpool signed absolutely no one the year before they won it, of course.
Whether they can do that again vs City’s £200m spend is another matter. But Klopp and Liverpool appear to believe they can.