Liverpool will have to prepare for their rivals to boast serious talent next season. It appears some big deals may happen this summer.
Liverpool head into next season in a weird position. Last season was a huge disappointment where they got nowhere near the title, finishing third.
At the same time, they know their squad is one of the world’s best and capable of delivering the biggest trophies. They shouldn’t have to do too much beyond waiting for injured players to return.
Now, insuring against those injuries makes sense and Liverpool did that by signing Ibrahima Konate. Beyond that, the squad doesn’t require anything too spectacular.
At least, it shouldn’t on paper. But it’s hard to see things that way with the reports going around.
Liverpool rivals may go big
The Athletic put out an interesting article lately that explained some of the biggest transfers going. Manchester City featured on their twice – they want Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.
Both deals would cost a fortune but they’d also be hard to compete with. They’re fantastic players who undoubtedly improve the reigning champions.
Do they improve them beyond a full-fit Liverpool side? We’re not sure. But it’s close.
The really interesting one is Manchester United, though. They finished ahead of Liverpool last season but we wouldn’t read into that too much. Without the injuries, the Reds would have been miles ahead.
United could make some waves, however. Jadon Sancho appears set to join them, for one. That’s a fantastic signing and one we’re quite jealous of.
But news broke on Thursday that really caught our attention. The Mirror say Paul Pogba has rejected a £50m contract offer and is likely to leave this summer.
Now, that should be seen as bad news for United – the club almost certainly see it that way. It actually worries us a little, though.
United have four expensive midfielders they want to use – Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek and Fred. But we’ve never understood how that was supposed to work.
Three of them are midfielders who want to get on the ball and influence the final third. The other is a decent all-around midfielder but not an elite one. It’s never seemed balanced and that’s one of the reasons United haven’t kicked on in recent years.
So if United lose Pogba, their reaction will almost certainly be to sign a major star. That likely won’t be another player like Pogba. As a result, we think that opens them up to being a better team.
What should Liverpool do?
Is the money there to make a statement signing? We don’t think so. We also don’t see how Liverpool find a player who’s a definite upgrade on their first XI.
Goalkeeper? No, Alisson is the best around. The full-backs are the world’s best, too, while centre-back is well-stocked – as well as boasting (once again) the world’s best.
Then there’s the front-three. That’s such a well-tuned machine that tearing it up would require a megastar.
We can’t see how the right player is around to buy. Not one who definitely makes Liverpool better in a way that overshadows their rivals.
Liverpool may simply have to bet on their current first-team and hope it remains enough to clinch the title.
But then, someone has to buy Pogba. Paris Saint-Germain are interested, say Sky Sports.
And if they want to sell a certain someone to fund such a deal, we imagine Liverpool would be very interested to help out.