Liverpool had a relatively quiet transfer window as they watched their domestic rivals spend vast sums of money on several new acquisitions, leaving large sections of their supporters feeling frustrated at the lack of movement.
Former RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate was the only acquisition added to Jurgen Klopp’s squad over the summer following a £36 million deal, despite the Reds managing to offload several fringe players.
The likes of Marko Grujic (Porto), Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin), Harry Wilson (Fulham) and Xherdan Shaqiri (Lyon) all departed on permanent deals, adding substantial sums to the Anfield outfit’s coffers.
However, their departures still weren’t enough for director of football Michael Edwards to splash the cash. And now The Athletic’s Liverpool reporter James Pearce has provided an update as to why the Liverpool hierarchy were so reluctant to make any more moves.
“The combined total generated of £42.8 million may suggest Liverpool made a profit this summer, but that figure includes various add-ons that may never be triggered. Plus, under the terms of the Wilson deal, Fulham won’t start paying the £12 million fee for the Wales international until next summer.
“The big offers expected for (Divock) Origi, Neco Williams and Nathaniel Phillips never materialised,” Pearce’s report read.
After seeing their side make the Champions League qualification spots last term, many Liverpool fans were dreaming of a raft of summer signings capable of propelling Klopp’s charges back to the summit of English and European football.
The reality has been far from that, though. While Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have acquired the likes of Jack Grealish, Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool are left with Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino as their attacking backup options, and that will be a tough pill to swallow for Reds’ fans.
And although their front four of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota have started 2021/22 well, the lack of strength in depth will leave the fanbase fuming that at the lack of incomings over the summer.
Liverpool could really feel the true effects of their lack of action over the summer months when Salah and Mane depart Anfield in order to represent their nations at the African Cup of Nations, a tournament which could see the pair be absent for up to a month.
Only time will tell how much the club’s hierarchy’s reluctance to spend will restrict their success on the pitch this season, but Klopp will need to extract every ounce of ability out of his current options to keep up with Liverpool’s more affluent rivals.