What will be the next signing for Liverpool this summer? The Reds have completed their first task but face a decision over the next one.
Liverpool will have Ibrahima Konate next season and that means they’ve completed the big task this summer. The Reds really needed a centre-back.
Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip severely disrupted their season, leaving them completely short at the back. That alone suggested they should invest in someone new.
But we also don’t know how those three will be on their return. Van Dijk and Matip will both be 30, too, and their injuries could potentially shorten their careers somewhat.
Liverpool needed not just a new centre-back but a long-term one. 22-year-old Konate delivers just that. Job done.
But what should be the next signing for Liverpool this summer? We have a look at the two potential areas.
Are Liverpool signing a midfielder?
Gini Wijnaldum departs later this month and that leaves Liverpool with one fewer midfielder than last season. Not only that but they’ll be without their only reliable option.
Wijnaldum never suffered a severe drop in form, nor did he have a long spell out with an injury. Every other option fit into at least one category. Liverpool will miss that consistency.
So while there is an apparent need to sign a midfielder, it doesn’t seem that this is what we’ll see next.
Liverpool signing an attacker?
The Daily Mail claims both Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri will leave Liverpool this summer. That will leave them quite light in depth going forward – both in numbers and experience.
And we had the Athletic report earlier in the year that Jurgen Klopp would like to add a ‘supplemental’ forward to his options this year. Someone who brings something different rather than a true star, in other words
We feel quite confident that the Reds are after an attacking signing, then. Especially if Origi leaves, in fact, as that would leave the squad without a true no.9 type player.
There’s no doubt that the Reds missed having an out-and-out centre-forward last season. Roberto Firmino is brilliant but struggled badly at times – having a different option would have helped out in times where goals were hard to come by.
So if we had to pick one, we imagine Liverpool want an attacker next.