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Opinion: Reported Liverpool transfer plan can secure midfielder & striker

Liverpool can secure themselves a midfielder and striker this summer. The Reds have a transfer plan, according to reports.

The Athletic believes Liverpool hope to raise around £60m in player sales this summer. We think that should be enough to secure what’s necessary ahead of next season.

Liverpool need a midfielder and a striker

The big necessity was always at centre-back. Liverpool were light there last season and paid the price, with the three senior options all suffering serious injuries.

Will they all return at 100%? We honestly have no idea. But altogether, the situation meant Liverpool had to sign a new defender. They did that, too, brining in Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

But it isn’t the only need. Gini Wijnaldum’s departure leaves a hole in the squad. We’re not entirely sure the remaining options are enough to cover it.

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Thiago, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson are certainties as first choice. Curtis Jones will hopefully step up further, too, but beyond that? Liverpool don’t have much in the way of reliable players.

Neither Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita can remain fit. They rarely perform when they do play, in fact. Then there’s James Milner, who can’t possibly play every single week should injuries occur.

We imagine Liverpool want a striker, too. Divock Orig will depart, says the Daily Mail, and that creates space for a natural no.9. Though, the squad needs that kind of player even if Origi stays.

Liverpool were far too reliant on Mohamed Salah last season and, to a lesser extent, Diogo Jota. They need more goals in the squad and preferably from younger players, too, given all three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be 30 within 18 months.

Can Liverpool afford this?

The Athletic claims Liverpool must sell-to-buy this summer. They apparently plan to raise around £60m in sales – and we had a look at how they might do that here.

It’s not an ideal situation when you’re hoping to add two players and chase a title. But we do think it’s enough.

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As we recently wrote, it looks as though the going rate for a midfielder outside of that ‘elite’ category is about £30m-£40m. That would fill Liverpool’s most-pressing need with money to spare.

As for a striker, someone like Donyell Malen could cost around £26m, per the Athletic. Liverpool have been linked before and he’s exactly the type of player they should chase.

He’s someone who isn’t at the elite level, could settle into a squad role, but has the potential to become a leading star for the club in a few years. If the going rate for that is under £30m, we think Liverpool can get all of their necessary business done this summer.

ESPN claim the Konate deal didn’t entirely use up the budget, after all. Throw what’s left in with £60m in player sales? That’s enough for Liverpool to build the rest of their title-challenging squad.

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