With the season drawing to a close and the transfer speculation starting to heat up, Jurgen Klopp assured everyone that most of the business was already done and dusted. However it now appears anything but, as other clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton have gone about their business shrewdly and quickly. The only thing we’ve heard from Liverpool is an apology to Southampton. So what has happened, and what will happen?
So far Liverpool have acquired the out of contract Dominic Solanke from Chelsea who won the Golden Ball award at the recent U20s World Cup. Definitely one for the future, but looing ahead to next season where does that leave the likes of Ben Woodburn and Harry Wilson? All three will most likely be taken on the pre-season tour, but really Harry Wilson needs to be making the step up to the first team after another excellent season at U23s level as captain. This season needs to be the one where he steps up and starts forcing his way into the match day squad, like Ben Woodburn did last season. Woodburn should be around the first team squad again this season, although if Liverpool do strengthen through the likes of Salah then a loan move could be the best thing for one of the most exciting talents at Liverpool. For Solanke it could well be a season in the U23s for him, however like Harry Wilson he will feel he is ready to step up and feature for Klopp’s squad in the not too distant future.
The most obvious area that Liverpool need to strengthen is in defence, and so far they’ve made a complete hash of it. We all though the Virgil Van Dijk deal was almost done, and then out of nowhere Southampton had reported us for tapping him up, with Klopp apparently meeting him in Blackpool. They better have had a good time on the Pepsi Max. Fast Forward 48 hours and the deal appeared to be off after Liverpool issued a statement withdrawing their interest, however Liverpool are still the favourites to sign a man who is destined to leave Southampton this transfer window, so it could still be on. Liverpool fans will certainly be hoping so.
The saga that seems to be going on for ever this season already is Mohamed Salah. Last year we had Mane, the year before Benteke. That player who is always going to join, and is always an “imminent” arrival before weeks later they sign on the dotted line. Salah has that sort of feel about him this year, with a medical supposedly lined up this week, although Liverpool seem to be making a mess of the negotiations with Roma, with the transfer dealers at Anfield battling it out with the Tories for the title of most incompetent negotiators. However it does seem likely that Salah will join for between £30-£35 million, and it will be a terrifying sight for opposition defences to see Mane and Salah bearing down on them.
All football fans prefer signings that are just snapped up out the blue without weeks of speculation, and Liverpool fans will be hoping a couple of big names do come in who aren’t necessarily expected too. Maybe Aubameyang or Lacazette? The transfer window still doesn’t officially open until 1st July, and there’s another long summer of speculation ahead, but here’s hoping Jurgen can make some quality additions that can make the Redmen a force to be reckoned with next season.