After a chaotic summer of signings with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both switching clubs, the transfer window has officially slammed shut across Europe with Ibrahima Konaté remaining the only new addition to Jürgen Klopp’s squad.
Before the window, it was clear what areas Liverpool needed to strengthen in with a centre-back, a midfielder and an attacker looking like a priority for the Reds. The £36m signing of Konaté addressed one of these areas but with no further incomings it feels like the Anfield side’s roster has been left light.
The departure of Georginio Wijnaldum only adds to the feeling that the Reds squad has been left weakened with Xherdan Shaqiri also moving onto new pastures.
There are currently eight midfielders at the club which may seem like more than enough but the issues arrive when it comes to the availability of some of these players with Naby Keïta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, in particular, making a combined nine starts in the league last season.
While the main issue with the current midfield options is availability, there’s a bigger problem when it comes to the offensive players at Anfield. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Diogo Jota are all exceptional players but the drop off in quality from these four when you look further down the ranks is steep.
While Divock Origi has provided us with many unforgettable moments, he does not provide enough quality off the bench anymore. The Belgian made just nine league appearances last season with seven of those as a substitute while Takumi Minamino has been unable to settle into life at Anfield with the Japanese having been sent on loan to Southampton for the second half of last season.
The lack of attacking quality within the squad besides Jota, Salah, Mané and Firmino was noticeable when Liverpool were chasing a late winner against Chelsea. Klopp did not have an attacking player at his disposal who could change the game and give his side an added boost, instead the German was forced to bring on a defender in Kostas Tsimikas.
The current situation has the same feeling as last year when the current Premier League holders at the time went into their title defence with only three first team centre backs. While losing all three central defenders to injury was unforeseen, it left the squad in disarray and ultimately forced the Reds out of the title race.
Injury problems have already begun for the Liverpool attack with Firmino going off with a hamstring injury in the first half against Chelsea and depending on the length of the Brazilian’s time out, another injury to the Reds’ main frontmen could prove costly.Embed from Getty Images
Overall, it has been a disappointing summer for fans of the club as it looks like the mistakes of last summer have not been taken on board. A new midfielder would have been a welcome boost but a new face up front in particular should have been a high priority this window to add real quality of depth to a squad that is currently thin in that department.
Once again, Liverpool will have to rely on luck that their current attacking options remain fit for the 2021/22 campaign and that there is no repeat of last season, but this time at the other end of the pitch.
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