The summer transfer window is well underway ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Liverpool have already made a quick start to their planned business.
Ibrahima Konate has joined the club from RB Leipzig, while Gini Wijnaldum has left for PSG.
Yet it looks like there are a few more deals to be done. In fact, Jamie Carragher believes that the Reds need to strengthen in every area of the pitch.
With this in mind, we here at RTK will predict exactly what Liverpool’s squad will look like when the transfer window closes.
We will have to factor in potential new additions, plus departures both on loan and on permanent deals.
Again, this is what we predict will happen, not necessarily what we want to happen.
Starting from the back, Adrian’s new contract likely means that there will not be a new deputy goalkeeper signed.
Caoimhin Kelleher could go on loan, but we will believe James Pearce’s reports that he will stay on as Alisson’s No 2.
The signing of Konate should end the defensive recruitment drive.
That is unless the likes of Joel Matip or Neco Williams depart, in which case they will need replacing.
We do not think that either player will leave, but if they do then Ozan Kabak and Connor Roberts would be the newcomers.
In central midfield, a direct replacement for Wijnaldum is needed. The Dutchman played more minutes than anyone in the middle of the park last campaign, so it would be ridiculous not to replace him.
The most interesting area heading into the window is the attack.
Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane both had down seasons in 2020/21. Diogo Jota’s injury meant that there was nobody to come in and push them out of the team.
This clearly needs sorting.
The front three’s understudies look likely to depart, so Liverpool must sign at least one player for the attack, if not two.
Who will Liverpool sign in the 2020/21 transfer window?
We reckon that at least two players will join Konate in the arrivals lounge.
In midfield, the man that is still being consistently linked is Florian Neuhaus.
Yves Bissouma and Youri Tielemans have been linked, but reliable journalists like Christian Falk persist with their talk of the German international.
The 24-year-old looks a great talent and exactly the type of player that Liverpool have gone for in previous years.
Unfortunately, moves for a Kylian Mbappe or an Erling Haaland look out of the question for this summer at least.
The club will have to find a cheaper alternative. The transfer committee likely have a few names in mind.
We think that they will settle on Donyell Malen.
19 goals and eight assists in the Eredivisie sounds superb alone. But then you factor in the fact that he only turned 22 midway through the season and it sounds even better.
The club are yet to confirm the signing of Abdul Fatawu Issahaku. We expect him to sign but go straight out on loan.
Other youngsters will likely join the club but probably will not be involved with the first team.
For some reason, it feels like Liverpool’s summer business won’t end there, though.
The signs are just pointing towards a large outlay this year. Three first-team additions just doesn’t feel like enough
Perhaps it will be an attacking midfielder, like Lorenzo Pellegrini. Maybe a winger like Raphinha.
Knowing Liverpool, it will probably someone that has not been linked at all until the day he has signed. Fabinho and Diogo Jota anyone?
We will leave it up to you to decide who that will be.
Who will depart?
If Liverpool get the high bids they are hoping for, expect there to be something of a mass exodus this summer.
Loris Karius should finally leave on a permanent deal.
At least one centre-back will leave, if not more. Nat Phillips will have quite a few admirers, while poor Ben Davies will probably depart without ever featuring for the club.
Sepp van den Berg will return to Preston on loan, but we think that Rhys Williams will play with the u23’s.
Regular loanees Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson will be sold if suitable bids come in. There is zero point in letting them go on loan again, so they should be kept around the squad if they don’t leave permanently.
Up front, Xherdan Shaqiri will likely join Lazio.
Taki Minamino‘s loan at Southampton should be made permanent. If not, the Bundesliga is calling.
2021 looks like the year that the legendary Divock Origi will finally leave Anfield. However, don’t be surprised if he is kept around as seventh-choice forward due to a lack of decent offers.
Kamil Grabara, Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo and Taiwo Awoniyi will all go, but one or two could be on loan due to a lack of suitors.
The big loan question is with Harvey Elliott. With Shaqiri and Origi leaving, he will get opportunities if he stays around.
Yet the club may feel that a loan away is better for his development. If he does go, expect that second attacking incoming to be a certainty.
Despite rumours, we think that Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will stay.
Predicted 2020/21 Liverpool squad at the end of the summer transfer window
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Caoimhin Kelleher, Adrian
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Neco Williams, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate, Rhys Williams, Andy Robertson, Kostas Tsimikas
Midfielders: Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Florian Neuhaus, James Milner, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones
Forwards: Mohamed Salah, Harvey Elliott, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Donyell Malen