Liverpool caught most people off guard by securing the signing of Takumi Minamino well before the January window reopened for business, and it appears they may have concluded their mid-season dealings with that shrewd £7.25m deal.
Jurgen Klopp’s squad is stacked with talent and it’s difficult to identify a position that is in urgent need of strengthening.
The league leaders may not be blessed with huge strength in numbers but there is rich quality across every position.
With that in mind, it would be no surprise if the Japan international was the only player to walk through the doors at Anfield this summer, and that feeling has been compounded by Sky Sports journalist Vinny O’Connor.
“Other than that (Minamino), the Reds are open to anything that can improve on what they have got, but with a Champions League-winning squad and one on course for a first Premier League title, that leaves their options very limited.”
O’Connor also went on to suggest Liverpool are hoping to offload Nathaniel Clyne and Rhian Brewster, who is attracting interest from both Swansea and Aston Villa, on loan in the January window.
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Though O’Connor doesn’t completely rule out the prospect of new signings, his verdict appears to suggest that it’s unlikely any new players will follow Minamino to Merseyside. That may come as a disappointment to some supporters but, considering the current circumstances, it’s in the club’s best interests to stay quiet until the summer.
The signing of Minamino will provide a fresh injection of attacking impetus at the midway point in the season and that will certainly be a boost for both the squad and the fans.
But aside from the arrival of a new player to finally provide Klopp with a natural alternative to introduce into the front-three, there is very little he actually needs at this stage in the season.
A left-back to deputise for Andrew Robertson would be a welcome addition but James Milner’s versatility provides a solid solution in the event the Scotland international collects an injury.
Loan moves for Brewster and Clyne, meanwhile, would be beneficial for the players – particularly the former who could accelerate his development with first team opportunities.
While Liverpool are dominating England’s domestic league it would be foolish to alter the balance of the dressing room too drastically in the mid-season window.