Liverpool have made some big changes at Anfield this summer with three new signings joining the squad and nine players being shown the door, but will the Reds get any more business done before the transfer window slams shut?
James Pearce has given an update which may be of intrigue to Kopites…
According to The Athletic‘s Liverpool reporter, the Premier League club have not changed their stance in terms of making more signings this summer.
Pearce responded to a concerned supporter who asked if there would be more midfield signings during a Q&A session ahead of the pre-season match against RB Salzburg on Wednesday evening, saying: “I think the midfield debate will rumble on but so far no sign of the club’s stance changing regarding any further signings.”
There is no doubt that Liverpool supporters will be gutted that there is unlikely to be any further midfield additions this summer, and there will duly be high expectations set for FSG to deliver next year when the Reds will be in desperate need of reinforcements if nothing changes before then.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner will all be out of contract next summer, with Jordan Henderson’s game-time dwindling to 68 minutes per game last season. When you also add in Thiago Alcantara’s inability to stay fit for an entire campaign at Anfield so far, it puts into perspective how much work needs to be done for Liverpool to have a dearth of stable midfield options.
Nevertheless, there is still an opportunity for Keita to sign a new contract, as speculation is mounting that he will be given an extension.
However, with a number of the Reds’ midfielders already well into their 30s, FSG have to start looking to the future and identifying players who can come into the team.
It is no secret that Liverpool did try to obtain a young rising star to improve the midfield earlier this summer, as it was reported in May that Aurelien Tchouameni had agreed personal terms with the Champions League finalists. However, he had also agreed terms with opponents Real Madrid, who eventually sealed the deal.
With that being said, the Reds need not overly worry as the recruitment team are renowned for being meticulous in their transfer strategies, and it would be surprising if they weren’t prepared to future-proof the club’s midfield over the next 12 months to continue Liverpool’s pursuit of success.