Is a major signing imminent at Liverpooo? It’s the only way to make sense of recent reports.
ESPN claims Liverpool are still open to offers for several players. A couple of those are particularly interesting – Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Those are both notable as they’ve already started games this season. In fact, Keita has started twice.
While neither would make the first-choice XI, their importance is clear. All three of Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson are quite injury-prone – selling their backups would leave the Reds short.
In fact, only 35-year-old James Milner, 20-year-old Curtis Jones and 18-year-old Harvey Elliott would remain as backup options. None of which are ideal. None of which are near their prime.
It makes us wonder – do Liverpool have a major signing in mind?
Could a major signing come in?
Liverpool would have to replace Keita or Oxlade-Chamberlain if they left. Let alone if the Reds sold both.
But selling them just to bring in squad options makes little to no sense. The new players wouldn’t be much better – if better at all – plus they’d need to get up to speed in ways Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain wouldn’t.
Selling them, then, just doesn’t add up unless their replacement was a level above. It would have to be a major signing who justified the upheaval and offered Liverpool more as a long-term option.
Because otherwise, why risk it? Liverpool have options in the middle and while some of them aren’t perfect, they’re all very talented players. The cohesion and reliability is worth more than the money Liverpool could bring in.
It has been said all summer that Liverpool must sell before buying further in this window. Perhaps that’s why the sales are possible – Liverpool have someone in mind but need the cash first.
Because for us, any other scenario doesn’t make sense. Selling Keita or Oxlade-Chamberlain without an immediate upgrade would only harm Liverpool.