In manager Jurgen Klopp’s first season running Liverpool, the Reds finished 4th place in the Premier League, their highest league finish since the 2013-2014 season, when they finished 2nd. Even though the Reds have a spot in the UEFA Champions League qualifying round, they still have a ton of work to do in order to return to their former glory. Here are the positions Liverpool need to strengthen in the Summer Transfer Window:
Depth: Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Divock Origi, Dominic Solanke
Liverpool doesn’t really have the best depth in the Centre-Forward position in their usual 4-3-3 attacking formation. Sure, they have Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi banging in goals for the club, but that’s pretty much it.
Danny Ings hasn’t really gotten a chance at Liverpool since his move from Burnley and Daniel Sturridge is usually injury-prone. Adding another proven striker to Liverpool’s squad could be a huge plus for Liverpool heading into next season.
Depth: Dejan Lovern, Joel Matip, Mamadou Sahko, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, Lucas Leiva
The Centre-Back postiton for Liverpool was underwelmingly inconsistent for Liverpool this season. Joel Matip and Dejan Loven, the usual partnership in the Reds’ lineup, had their moments but also had their blunders in the Premier League.
The backups, Lucas Leiva and last year’s summer transfer window signing Ragnar Klavan, are not capable for playing a role in the starting 11. Liverpool could have had a chance to sign Virgil Van Djik, but due to a risk of a transfer ban, they recently do not have interest in the Dutchman. CB’s Michael Keane and Stefan de Vrij would be great signings for Liverpool as they need help with their backline.
Depth: James Milner, Alberto Moreno, Jon Flanagan, Connor Randall
Liverpool fans can all agree Jurgen Klopp should have signed a left-back earlier in the season or in the summer transfer window. Luckily, James Milner’s position change to left-back was a success as the 31-year-old played well. Due to his age and fatigue, Milner’s not going to be a long-term solution for the club.
Backup, Alberto Moreno, is not a long-term solution either as he has shown time and time again he not good at all (Example: Liverpool’s 1st league game against Arsenal). Former Manchester City player Gael Clichy was linked to a move with Liverpool, but he is not going to be a quality player for a top club anymore.
Liverpool should target teenage sensation Ryan Sessegnon, Hull City’s Andrew Robertson, AS Monaco‘s Benjamin Mendy and Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam as quality signing in the transfer window. If Liverpool tries to do the James Milner at left-back experiment again next season, do not be surprised if it does not work out.
Depth: Sadio Mane, Ben Woodburn, Lazar Markovic, Sheyi Ojo
Sadio Mane was a great signing for Liverpool and proved his worth last season, racking up 13 goals and 8 assists and won Liverpool’s Player of the Season. However, when Sadio Mane was not in the lineup, Liverpool went a mediocre 5-3-4 and lost to Burnley, Swansea City and Crystal Palace.
The absence was so detrimental, Klopp had to alter his formation and put in the likes of Adam Lallana, Gini Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino out of position. Judging the play of Liverpool without Mane, Klopp will most likely look for a winger in the summer transfer window.
AS Roma’s Mohamed Salah has been Liverpool’s top transfer target as they are still looking to confirm a deal with Roma. Sporting’s Gelson Martins and Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa have been linked with a move to Liverpool too as there is a higher chance for the Merseyside club to sign Martins in the upcoming days.