Liverpool can feel some confidence despite Manchester City planning to spend this summer. Their chairman leaves no doubt about their aims.
It looks like Manchester City want to spend big this summer. That’s certainly how it sounds given their chairman’s recent comments.
“Having won the league, it is not the time to sit back and be content,” said Khaldoon al-Mubarak, per the BBC.
“That would be your biggest mistake. This is the time to send a strong message that there is no contentment, that you are not satisfied with just winning the league.
“Sergio Aguero’s shoes are very hard shoes to fill but I am confident we will find the right player to fill those shoes.
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“There are other areas in the team that need investment. Not too many – it is not about numbers, it is about quality. But we will bring quality into the squad in a couple of key positions.”
And that’s quite a scary proposition because when City are feeling spendy, City are feeling very spendy. This is a team that has spent more on right-backs than Liverpool have on their entire defensive options, after all.
Adequately replacing Aguero will hardly come cheap, either. City will want an elite striker to do that and they won’t want to do that at a discount. They’ll want the best they can afford – and that’s nearly everybody.
And we’re talking about a team that just won the Premier League. They’re going to be a force next season – that’ll worry anyone else going for the title.
Liverpool are one of those teams but, all things considered, they can hold onto a quiet confidence.
Liverpool won’t match the City spend
There’s no guarantee that Liverpool will spend any more money. They have signed one player, however – Ibrahima Konate. And that’s a big one.
The Reds now have four great centre-backs available next season. Five if Nat Phillips sticks around. The problems of last season should be a distant memory.
And with that, we know how Liverpool will look and play next season. It’ll be the same as usual, with the same title-winning side, minus Gini Wijnaldum but with Thiago and Diogo Jota.
Thiago and Jota having had a season to integrate, as well.
We think this is all something to be confident in. Liverpool will head into the season with a clear plan that they know works. They’ve got experienced winners all over the squad and their best XI should be ready to go from day one.
City, though, still want that no.9. In fact, it sounds as though they might make a few big chances. There’s not actually any guarantee those changes work out, however.
The new players will need time to get used to one another, with the hope that they’ll finally click. There’s always a chance they don’t, of course, but at the very least, things won’t be 100% from the get-go.
We think this all works in Liverpool’s favour, then. There will be big questions for City to answer immediately next season and they may not have those answers.
Liverpool, though, can rest easy and feel confident in their squad. It works and it wins – we know that. It’s a mentality that could prove decisive in the Premier League title race.