By Maxi – @Maxi_1892
Liverpool continue to struggle with squad depth despite a record-breaking summer transfer window.
Although the signings can be considered a success, another £200m needs to be pumped into the squad, rather than the just the first 11.
Manchester City bringing on Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus, for example, just does not compare to Daniel Sturridge – who hasn’t sprinted since his goal against Arsenal in 2014.
Liverpool did, however, sign Xherdan Shaqiri last summer and it was shrewd business. He is a top level player and is exactly the quality we need on the bench but if an injury was to occur to Mohamed Salah, he would not be able to play a 38-game season to the level we need in a title race.
We have to go bigger, better. Timo Werner, Ousmane Dembélé, Luka Jovic, Matthijs de Ligt, Nabil Fékir – this the extra quality we really need around the squad.
It obviously isn’t feasible as that list probably equates to more than £350m, but it is that sort of talent we need if we were to dominate domestically and in Europe.
Thankfully these type of players are on our radar and i do believe it really is just two or three we need. Werner and de Ligt would be the most important in regards to position but a creative midfielder would also be ideal in Fékir or Ziyech, both having great seasons.
If we were to get these three then that team is good enough for competing in multiple competitions, especially with smaller additions like David Brooks and James Maddison.
We also need to ship out the dead wood – Adam Lallana, James Milner and the aforementioned Sturridge are three of the most notable players.
It may come as a surprise but I do like Divock Origi and believe he has shown enough quality to stay at Liverpool – his work rate, pace and ability to finish puts him levels above Sturridge as an option at the sharp end of the pitch.
Wilson is an interesting player and when he was scoring goal after goal, I got ahead of myself but, after watching Derby County more, I have been left disappointed with his in-play ability.
Being one of the most dangerous free-kick takers in England won’t be enough for him to get on the pitch to take them at Liverpool, and simply replacing Lallana with Wilson is like putting a screen protector on a cracked screen – you need a new screen fitted and, for Liverpool, that would come in the form of Timo Werner.
We have some magnificent talent in the Academy – Ki-Jana Hoever, Adam Lewis, Paul Glatzel, Bobby Duncan and an imminent Rhian Brewster return is something to look forward to and I believe one of academy lads will push on next season.
We also can’t forget about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who will hopefully return with the same ability and form he was showing before his unfortunate injury suffered at the back end of last season – how we’ve missed his drive and creativity from midfield.
I believe with these additions funded by the dead wood (plus the usual summer budget) we will be able to compete for all three domestic trophies and the Champions League. The proper glory days will be back.