There will be “no massive rebuild” at Liverpool this summer and there has been no indication that Jurgen Klopp will shake-up his striking options, claims a report.
The Daily Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe has noted his thoughts for Liverpool and their to-do list this summer and a heavy investment in new players looks unlikely.
With a number of players expected to depart in the summer, there will be additions to Jurgen Klopp’s squad. But an overhaul of their front three is not going to happen, according to the report.
Gini Wijnaldum is expected to leave for Barcelona, and Klopp will replace him with a player of “similar quality”. The champions are also open to offers for Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi. Although Bascombe notes that the last two transfer windows have passed without an acceptable offer for either.
Back-up keeper Adrian’s contract is up this summer and he will move on, leaving Klopp on the look-out for a No.2 to Alisson.
Bascombe writes: “Liverpool have mastered the art of the euphemism to emphasise why they won’t be spending £300m to rip it up and start it again after a dismal title defence. Jurgen Klopp described the next stage of the squad’s evolution as ‘readjustment’. Others at the club have mentioned ‘retooling’.
“Either way, the messaging is the same. There will be no massive rebuild. The club believes the heart of another title winning side will emerge from their rehabilitation centre. That guidance will infuriate those fans who want a summer of mega investment. But it’s delusional to believe an era of self-sustenance will end.”
It’s not all doom and gloom for Reds fans regarding summer deals though because Liverpool are monitoring the market closely. Michael Edwards’ record in the market is a good one and if an opportunity arises the champions will pounce.
“That does not mean Liverpool are not prepared to spend where necessary,” Bascombe adds.
“It is more likely to be another summer echoing 2020 when the acquisitions of Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota looked like they would strengthen the champions before critical injuries struck.
‘Edwards will be closely watching the market’
“If Gini Wijnaldum leaves on a Bosman deal as expected, he will need replacing with a midfielder of similar quality. Fringe players like Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri are available at the right price, but no-one has offered that for the last two windows.
“The great unknown is whether any clubs beyond Man City and PSG have the resources to start throwing around cash like drunken sailors in the post-pandemic world. Even if they do, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane – often linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona – are on long-term deals making them seem unaffordable.
“Although Jota has challenged concepts of the tried-and-trusted Liverpool front three, Klopp has given no indication he is expecting to have alternative striking options ahead of next season. Albeit you can be sure he and sporting director Michael Edwards will be closely watching the market should exciting possibilities arise.
“Do not underestimate how enthusiastic some of the world’s biggest names are to play for Klopp.”