Champions of England, Europe, and the world. Every last Liverpool player has worked tirelessly to earn every last bit of those honours. It’s been an absolute privilege to watch this team mature into the side it is today, especially in the past two seasons.
It’s been great being on top of the world, it’s now time to make sure we stay up there.
We’ve seen Jürgen Klopp’s identity gradually injected into this side over the past five years, as the team has only built on prior campaigns success’ and has risen to a level I think most of the newer generation of Reds supporters couldn’t even dream of.
And while we’ve won the biggest trophies that club football has to offer, some now fear this team is edging towards a plateau as most of the key squad members have either entered their prime – or are on the wrong side of it.
Prior to this window, Liverpool had spent just shy of £9million in the past two seasons, with the bulk of that coming from the purchase of Takumi Minamino for a reported £7.5m.
And of course, in the current climate with Covid-19 drastically impacting cash flow, transfer activity seems wildly unpredictable at the moment. It influenced the halting of the Timo Werner deal that seemed inevitable just a few weeks ago, and also reduces the likelihood of long-admired Jadon Sancho joining the Reds too.
One could also argue that a vast majority of Liverpool’s transfer budget has been allocated to tying down the current superstars in the team, including the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk.
I’d like to think that the lack of spending in the past few seasons, coupled with the prize money Liverpool have earned by smashing both the Champions League and Premier League could possibly hint at a possible transfer war chest in reserve. I won’t be holding my breath, though.
My point is this – and it’s a cliché that has been beaten to death hundreds if not thousands of times – it’s best to strengthen from a position of strength. Easier said than done, for sure. With the average age of Liverpool’s strongest XI being slightly under thirty, we need to be thinking of the next set of players that are going to come in and fill the boots of those currently winning everything.
The wages freed from Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, Adam Lallana, and Dejan Lovren leaving the club mixed with the lack of spending recently are certainly substantial enough savings to expect at least one or two signings this summer, despite the revenue lost from the lockdown stoppage.
I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect the calibre of player like a Thiago to slot into the first team, or an Ismaïla Sarr to breathe down the necks of the first teamers – just to name two realistic players that the Reds have been linked with recently.
I’m fully aware we do things differently at Liverpool under Fenway Sports Group’s management, but when I look around and see United, Chelsea, and City throwing absorbent amounts of money on luxury signings, I understand those with the viewpoint that we’ve become complacent with what we have.Embed from Getty Images
And yes, I know that what we have is a side that has won practically everything – but our team is getting older. Change is good. New faces will lift the intensity and excitement to compete for our lives to win these trophies again and again.
We must invest this summer. City will reload, and United and Chelsea both look to be on the up since the league resumed. Liverpool will certainly be title favourites with City yet again, but thoughts of running away with the league again would be naïve.
While the issue of a backup left-back has been solved by the arrival of Greek international Kostas Tsimikas, the front three need cover and we’ve just lost our fourth choice centre-back, meaning we’ll have to rely on the fitness of Joe Gomez and Joël Matip throughout the season – two players prone to injury.
We’re the biggest and best football team in the land. Let’s now spend like one and make sure we get every last drop out of this golden era that everyone has worked so hard to bring about.
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