People aren’t sure what to make of Liverpool’s business this Summer in many ways.
The club spent big money on the likes of Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum but never even looked serious about signing what you’d call a marquee name.
That appears to be the way Jurgen Klopp works. He likes to bring in lesser-known players and then turn them into world class stars but it’s still a risky strategy. If the German cannot do this for the Reds they’ll have shelled out a lot of money for little return on the pitch and that ultimately is what the fans crave.
It must be said, Mane in particular has impressed with a number of explosive displays so Klopp may be alright but if it does go wrong there’ll be looks back to this window thinking what if.
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So keeping with the theme of seven, here are seven players Liverpool should’ve signed this summer…
Mario Gotze moved to Borussia Dortmund from Bayern Munich this Summer but the Reds should have tried to get the World Cup winner in. It was a potential deal that made sense with the player knowing Klopp from their days at Dortmund as well as him fitting the transfer policy of the club. Whatever the reason the deal didn’t go through and Reds fans will hope they’re not left to rue it.
Isco isn’t going to play much for Real Madrid again this season and yet he’s still at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Spanish attacking midfielder would be a real addition for a lot of clubs around Europe but no-one made a concrete offer. The Reds really should have done, their midfield lacks guile with only Philippe Coutinho good enough for those threaded passes and Isco would have added to that.
Why on Earth haven’t the Reds signed a left back? Alberto Moreno got torn to shreds both on and off the pitch on the opening day and that should have been the clincher for a new signing. The Reds though are going for James Milner in this position and whilst he’ll likely do a decent job, what happens when he’s needed in midfield as was the case last season? It’s a lack of planning and Jonas Hector should have been signed a long time ago.
Willems is quickly developing into a good left back and central defender. His versatility should have made him a real target but nothing came about on the Reds behalf. They’ve signed Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan who both look solid but with Mamadou Sakho looking a looser and looser cannon each day, who’s the fourth centre back? It could and perhaps should have been Willems.
As soon as Joe Hart became available the Reds should have been all over it regardless of what Pep Guardiola thinks of him. He’s better than Simon Mignolet hands down and whilst the jury’s out on Loris Karius he’ll have to go some to be as good as Hart. The England number one would have helped steady the Reds frequently shaky defensive ship but instead he’s at Torino.
The Reds should have really pushed for this one because the American could be absolutely world class in a few years. He’s only 17 but scored two goals in nine Bundesliga appearances last year as well as competing in the Europa League and you have to wonder what Liverpool have missed out on here. Under Klopp he’d have surely gone from strength to strength but now the club have to sit and watch from afar.
Mane’s introduction suggested the penny had dropped at Liverpool that pace in their side was going to transform them. The former Southampton man has been the Reds’ best player so far this season so why haven’t they tried to complement that on the other wing. Insigne would have offered exactly the same as Mane on the left side and leave opposition defences in tatters.