Liverpool head into a major transfer window this summer with the pressure on the get things right. Fortunately, Diogo Jota can give them confidence.
Liverpool have kept things relatively consistent over the last few years. They shook things up dramatically back in 2018 but since then, not too much has happened.
That summer saw Alisson, Fabinho and Naby Keita join the club after Virgil van Dijk arrived the previous January. It was a transformative year as three of those four players formed the cornerstones for Champions League and Premier League successes.
But the Keita move may have worried Liverpool. He was supposed to be a big part of the team right now – that’s why they paid £53m for him, after all.
Instead, Keita struggled to fit in and has never held down a place. It was a major investment that hasn’t worked out.
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Perhaps that spooked Liverpool. They didn’t change the team at all the following year, signing only Adrian to replace Simon Mignolet.
It worked, though. Liverpool raced to the league title on the back of consistency. That came with a lesson.
Liverpool have a very intricately put-together team. There are a lot of moving parts but everyone fits in place to make a fantastic XI.
Mess with it, though, and things fall apart as we’ve seen this season. Injuries moved players about and Liverpool looked a lot worse for it.
It means Jurgen Klopp tends to trust players and stick with them. We’ve barely seen Kostas Tsimikas, for instance, while Ben Davies hasn’t had one game.
He rarely puts in Divock Origi (182 Premier League minutes this season) or Xherdan Shaqiri, instead sticking with his proven front-three. It’s all a little worrying ahead of a major transfer window.
Liverpool transfer window
Liverpool need to bring in players this summer. They’ll certainly need to boost numbers in defence, Gini Wijnaldum likely needs replacing, and goalscoring woes necessitate some kind of new forward.
There’s quite a lot of pressure on the club to make it happen. And given the success of consistency, change is quite scary at Liverpool. Can players easily fit into this system without tearing it up?
Because if the answer is ‘no’, Liverpool have a big problem and it’s one that could deter them from major signings.
Fortunately, Diogo Jota can give them all of the confidence they need.
Jota has been a revelation this season since arriving for £41m. He’s the club’s second-top scorer, including plenty of match-winning strikes.
He’s quickly become a key part of the squad and Jota managed that in the toughest area to crack into. Liverpool’s front-three has been so successful that, as we mentioned, Klopp rarely even uses other options when he has them.
If Jota had struggled this season, Liverpool may have needed to tear things up this summer and start again. It would have suggested that change required a new plan.
But Jota’s success tells Liverpool that the right player can crack into this team and immediately thrive. Ahead of such a big transfer window, that’s great confidence to have.