Liverpool are setting themselves up for a big summer in 2022 – and they’re getting help from rivals. This could end up being a masterstroke.
Feel free to roll your eyes. ‘Next summer!’ – it’s always next summer with Liverpool that things will really start happening.
Trust the process, trust the owners, it’ll all work out. We don’t necessarily believe that. Liverpool took a major risk in 2019 by not signing any first-team players and they didn’t rectify that in 2020.
Now we’re in 2021, there are ten days before the season starts, and Ibrahima Konate is the only arrival. We’re not even sure he’ll be a regular starter.
It means that in three summers, Liverpool have brought in Thiago, Diogo Jota and Konate to boost their squad. That’s under £100m spent and only three players.
There’s talk that Liverpool will stick with that, too. The Independent claims the Reds may not sign anyone else and instead focus on next summer.
It’s easy to dismiss that as we’ve heard similar for years now. But the way things are shaping up, this could end up being a masterstroke.
Liverpool in the summer of 2022
We reacted to that Independent article by saying there better be big plans. Liverpool will hopefully store the cash, play the waiting game and go big on Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappe.
Or even another star. Liverpool are reportedly aware of Joshua Kimmich’s contract situation, for instance. Maybe they’ll have another stab at Nico Barella.
Perhaps even Federico Chiesa – players who are pretty tough to get but circumstances could change in a year.
What gives us hope, too, is that all their potential rivals appear to be going big right now. We’ve got Manchester United dropping £73m on Jadon Sancho. They’re also paying what we imagine are huge wages to Raphael Varane now.
Manchester City are ready to spend £100m on Jack Grealish and might do the same on Harry Kane. Both would be British record fees.
Chelsea are going to bid over £85m to try and sign Romelu Lukaku again. That’s a lot of money.
Then clubs in Spain aren’t doing too good, either. Barcelona are in such financial difficulties that a good credit rating is something to shout about.
Real Madrid are looking to sell half the squad to fund their moves – they’re not financially strong, either.
The path really appears to be clearing next summer. None of these teams literally has unlimited money but more than that, they’re filling up spots in their squad.
Liverpool, though, may find themselves in a very strong position next summer. They should have money and clear space in the squad for any stars to arrive.
All that’s left is another season of success to entice big-name players. Pull that off and, for once, next summer really might be their time to shine.