Liverpool appear set to copy their transfer strategy from last season. It’s one that brought success.
It seems Liverpool will wait this summer before brining in more signings. They’ve already got one, of course – Ibrahima Konate.
But that deal stood out as it was overwhelmingly necessary. Liverpool suffered a centre-back crisis last season and needed reinforcements for the next campaign.
After all, there’s no guarantee that any of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip will return to their best next season. Certainly not for the first month or two.
But while signing a centre-back was necessary, other transfers aren’t quite at that level. They’re more ‘wants’ than ‘needs’.
Do Liverpool need to replace Gini Wijnaldum? Not really. They’ve already got plenty of midfielders on their books as it is. Do they need a new forward? Again, it’s not absolutely necessary as their four top options are all world-class.
Next season would certainly be easier with an extra midfielder and attacker, though. It just seems Liverpool are happy to wait.
Liverpool transfer strategy
Liverpool waited last year, too. Again, it was a summer where they didn’t have any dire needs.
The Reds had just won the title, of course, and there were no major holes in the squad. Instead, Liverpool looked for players who could freshen the team up or add something new.
They eventually found those players in Thiago and Diogo Jota. Both came right towards the end of the window – after the season had started, in fact.
In waiting, though, Liverpool got two players they felt were right for them. They didn’t rush things through for pre-season, nor did they settle for sure-things.
They waited so late that we got the impression they’d have signed no one if it came to it – certainly no suggestion they’d panic-buy.
The Athletic’s James Pearce says it’s ‘inevitable’ that Liverpool wait again this year. That’s what he told the Kenn7 podcast.
That will run the risk of no one coming in once again. Time can always run out and negotiations can always hit impassable hurdles.
It’s the risk Liverpool run to try and find the right players. It’s also one they can afford to run if they see such signings as anything like a luxury.
But if it goes as well as with Thiago and Jota, it’s safe to say Liverpool could boast a seriously impressive squad next term.