Following their spending spree in 2018, Liverpool have tuned into spectators during the ongoing window.
For manager Jurgen Klopp, the upcoming season is about continuity rather than an improvement as he feels that his current is very much capable of challenging for all honours. He said in an interview last week: “We are still looking, but it will not be the (biggest) transfer window of LFC. It just will be a transfer window.
“We will see what we do, and if we haven’t done anything by the end it will be for different reasons.
“It’s about using this team. In the transfer window, you have to build a team that you think you want to go into the season with. But I have that team already.
“If we can bring somebody else in that makes it even better, we will see. But if not, this team is already there. And again, we will have to find solutions at different moments.”
It would be hard to argue with Klopp here as his players have just won the Champions League and they finished the league season with a club-record point total. However, one must remember that the Premier League is a highly competitive competition and one can’t simply afford to slip.
Champions Manchester City find themselves in quite a similar position as Liverpool this summer. However, Pep Guardiola has already strengthened his squad by signing Rodri from Atletico Madrid on a club-record deal. The Spaniard has been signed to work as a back-up to Fernandinho, whose absence was felt by City in certain games last season. If reports are to be believed City are also looking to sign a full-back and they have also shown interest in Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire.
Liverpool must also be wary of the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal, all of whom are going to make significant reinforcements this summer.
Spurs were in the title race last season until their late collapse and they also made it to the Champions League final. The North London side would be desperate to cut the gap between themselves and the top-two in 2019-20. Central midfield player Tanguy Ndombele has arrived for significant money from Lyon, and Spurs are still very much active in the market.
The likes of Manchester United and Arsenal are also desperate to make amends following their disastrous seasons. Especially United have been quite ruthless in the market, and one should expect significant improvement from them in 2019-20.
The transfer window is not over yet, and Liverpool still might spring a surprise in the transfer window. In any case, Real Madrid star Gareth Bale won’t be the one making a move to Merseyside this summer. The Welsh forward was sensationally linked with a move to Liverpool this past week, but Klopp has explicitly dismissed any possibility of this transfer.
The Reds were also linked with a move for former star Philippe Coutinho. Even this transfer rumour has been dismissed by Klopp. Lille winger Nicolas Pepe is another player who has attracted interest from the Reds this summer. The Reds are also supposedly on the lookout for a back-up for left-back Andy Robertson.
Whatever might be the outcome of this window for the Reds, one thing is certain – there is no urgency for Klopp to reinforce his side this summer. It’s certainly a bold approach from him, but it speaks volumes about his trust in his players.