Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s boss must have laughed in disbelief as Manchester City signed Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) for PS100million on Thursday. The English champions found another way to improve their team ahead of next season’s Premier League.
Pep Guardiola saw a weakness in his defense last season, and he rectified it by capturing Ruben Dias from Benfica. This was a cost-effective PS61m.
The Catalan now has Man City’s transfer record in ruins to sign Grealish. This move could be the spark that will propel the Etihad Stadium into the next cycle.
Chelsea will sign Romelu Milano’s Romelu Lukaku, a record-breaking PS98m deal.
It would break the club’s previous transfer record, which was set by Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen.
Thomas Tuchel would be pleased to have the Belgian striker back at Stamford Bridge. He scored 27 goals last season in Serie A.
This list continues. Reds fans will be concerned by the progress made so far by rivals while there is no further addition.
Klopp might argue that by signing Ibrahima Koute from RB Leipzig in the summer, he at least addresses their defensive problems that stalled their title defense.
Liverpool may be repeating the mistakes made last season by continuing to allow the clock tick down and not receiving any new arrivals.
Klopp stated that his team was strong enough to challenge for the crown once again and he decided to go to the market to sign Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota, and Thiago Allantara.
The German is running out of time to pull off another successful summer transfer window trick. There are only five days left until the beginning of the new season, and then the deadline for transfers on August 31.
After selling Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic, the club has made a significant profit of around PS30m.
They still need to move some fringe players if they want to make space for newcomers.
Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi have been rumored to be leaving Anfield in the summer. However, issues regarding Merseyside’s registration rules may scuttle their plans.
Klopp will need to recruit talent from his own country if he is to succeed the trio of want-aways, Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen being linked to moves to Anfield.
Klopp may have to consider other options to augment his selections, as the English couple are extremely valuable to the Hammers.
The loss of Georginio Wijnaldum, who was transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for a fee, will certainly affect the options available in their midfield. Even though Naby Keita’s promising performances in pre-season indicate that he might be their long-term successor.
One name that continues to crop up on their radar is Lille midfielder Renato Sanches, who is on recruitment chief Michael Edwards’ secret shortlist of targets.
Lille won a shocking Ligue 1 victory last term with 23 league appearances by the 23-year old, clinching it on the final day of the season ahead of PSG.
However, top European clubs have targeted several Les Dogues players following Christophe Galtier’s departure to Nice as manager.
Liverpool and Arsenal seem to have Sanches on their radars. It is possible that he might be available for PS30m.
The energy and speed of the Portuguese midfielder, as he demonstrated at Euro 2020 was a great asset to the team.
If the Reds are able to negotiate permanent contracts for Phillips, Origi, and Shaqiri then such a deal might be possible.
However, it could mean they have to lower their asking prices. Liverpool is reportedly asking for PS50m total for all three players.
Klopp might believe his team is strong enough, especially after he welcomed back Jordan Henderson as captain and Virgil van Dijk recovering from injuries.
Liverpool cannot afford to let their competition sail ahead of them if they want to maintain their position as England’s best team.
Publiated at Sun, August 8, 2021 at 04:36.05 +0000