Liverpool have plenty to do over the summer. Jürgen Klopp needs to address a number of problem areas in the squad, from reinforcing the defence to rejuvenating the attack. Things appear to be falling into place at the back already; Liverpool signing both Ibrahima Konate and Ozan Kabak will prove a masterstroke in years to come.
Centre back disarray
The problems the Reds have had at the back began last summer.
The club sold Dejan Lovren to Zenit in Russia. The decision was made not to replace the Croatian defender.
Not replacing Lovren raised some eyebrows but the long term fitness of Virgil van Dijk wasn’t in question; the Dutchman rarely missed a minute.
However, everything that could go wrong did go wrong this season.
By mid-November the decision not replace Lovren was proved a disaster.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were ruled out for the season and Matip was, as ever, in and out of the side – he too was sidelined for the remainder in January.
As a result the club need to reinforce the defence of the summer in order to avoid another such crisis.
Liverpool close to signing Ibrahima Konate
A month ago The Athletic reported that Liverpool were working on a deal for Ibrahima Konate.
The outlet claimed that the Reds are prepared to pay the youngster’s release clause in order to pry him from RB Leipzig.
Since then we haven’t had much solid news on the move, until this week.
Fabrizio Romano has tweeted that Liverpool are set to complete the signing of Ibrahima Konate soon.
The journalist reported that the Reds will pay a release clause of around £30m with the player having agreed personal terms on a five-year-deal.
Liverpool and Ozan Kabak
In the winter transfer window the Reds had to act.
The club needed to bring in reinforcements urgently, unable to wait for the summer window.
Ben Davies was signed from Preston North End, though the Englishman is yet to feature for the Reds.
Liverpool also signed Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke with an option to buy the defender for £18m inserted in the deal.
After a shaky start to life on Merseyside the Turkish defender is now looking a solid option with his performances improving every week.
Ibrahima Konate and Ozan Kabak genius
Liverpool signing both Ibrahima Konate and Ozan Kabak this summer will prove a masterstroke in the years to come.
The players are both just 21-years-old, meaning that they both have over a decade left in the tank.
To sign the duo up for a combined fee of around £48m would be a ludicrously good piece of business.
Konate and Kabak are regarded as two of the best young centre backs in Europe, snapping them both up in the same window would be some coup.
They will both just keep getting better with age, in five or six years time the money paid for them this summer will appear a pittance – Manchester United paid nearly double the amount for Harry Maguire.