Jürgen Klopp’s patient overhaul of Liverpool’s squad during his time at the club has transformed The Reds into one of the deadliest attacking outfits in the world. There is no doubt that he has successfully reshaped Liverpool to play the “heavy metal football” that he originally promised. Kopites have witnessed the German’s acquisitions, such as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané, dismantle teams at Anfield in recent times.
High profile signings are becoming increasingly common at the Merseyside club, with the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Naby Keïta and Fabinho all arriving within the last year. Michael Edwards, the scouting team and Jürgen Klopp are handpicking some of Europe’s biggest talents to come and play at Anfield. The quality in the current first eleven is unparalleled to that of previous teams of the last decade. Klopp has led his team to back-to-back top-four finishes whilst embarking on an unforgettable Champions League journey last season.
Nevertheless, there is still an apparent gulf in class between this new look squad and that of defending Premier League champions, Manchester City. Liverpool need to break the somewhat barren spell they are experiencing in terms of silverware. Therefore, they are going to need serious squad investment.
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The Citizens have endless options of pure class waiting in the wings. I could win the league with that City squad. No disrespect to Pep. It’s quality strength in depth that saw Guardiola’s team record the highest ever points tally in Premier League history. If Fernandinho were to get an injury, İlkay Gündoğan would be stripped and readied to be his replacement.
Who do Liverpool bring on for an injured Oxlade-Chamberlain? Mr Cruyff turn himself, Adam Lallana. Pep brings on Sergio Agüero for Gabriel Jesus. Jürgen has to bring on Danny Ings or Dominic Solanke to spearhead the attack if Firmino needs a rest. The difference in quality is laughable. How on earth will there ever be a Premier League victory parade in the streets of Liverpool when those are the options Klopp has at his disposal?
Manchester City yesterday confirmed the signing of Riyad Mahrez to help bolster their ranks. Liverpool, on the other hand, confirmed that Harry Wilson has signed a new long-term deal with the club, with him being offered more chances in the first team. There is no denying Wilson’s evident potential and ability.
However, there is a stark difference in the transfer strategy of the two clubs if Guardiola is signing a previous player of the season and Klopp is turning to his youth system to provide alternative options for his attack. Let’s be honest, would Riyad Mahrez even start for the Citizens? Probably not. But he’s one of a number of quality players they can turn to in the gruelling season that awaits. If one of Jürgen’s dynamic front three sustains an injury, Harry Wilson is unlikely to be able to fill the gigantic void left by any of them.
What Needs to Happen?
Klopp needs to ensure Liverpool’s potential title push isn’t curtailed by a couple of serious injuries. This could be the issue that prevents the German from delivering a much-anticipated Premier League trophy. It is an issue that must be addressed this Summer. Consequently, Michael Edwards must be the busiest he’s ever been in the next month. He’d better be quick. The transfer deadline looms larger every day.