When a team achieves 97 points in the Premier League and wins the Champions League, it’s fair to say that there aren’t many drastic changes that need to be made to their squad, especially as it looks like no major players are actively pushing for a move.
So, for Liverpool, the questions they need to answer in terms of their squad makeup aren’t plentiful, but they are important.
The Reds will want to make another push for the league title and that won’t be easy, such is the brilliance of Manchester City.
Furthermore, the Reds have a European Cup to defend and they’ll look to do better in the domestic cups too.
So, what questions need answering in terms of the squad this summer? I’ve taken a look…
Who will be the back-up goalkeeper?
It looks like Simon Mignolet will be on his way out of the club this summer, and Loris Karius is set to stay in Turkey, so Liverpool need to decide who will be Alisson’s back-up. 20-year-old Caoimhin Kelleher is the current third-choice, but one would expect that Jurgen Klopp will want a more experienced number 2; someone like Adrian who has just left West Ham, for example.
Will Dejan Lovren still be at the club? If not, who do they sign?
It looks like Liverpool could let Dejan Lovren leave this summer if a club bids around £25m for him. At the moment, Lovren is probably the fourth-choice centre-back at the club, so he might fancy a move. If he does leave, Liverpool will need a new centre-back. Yes, Fabinho can play there but that’s not ideal, you want him in midfield as much as possible. Signing a new defender could be tough. The Reds will need to pay big for a starter or they’ll need to find somebody of decent quality who is happy not to play every week.
What's the plan at full-back?
Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are Liverpool’s first-choice full-backs, and rightly so. They’re both excellent footballers. However, the back-ups to both aren’t exactly plentiful. Alberto Moreno will leave on a free transfer and it looks certain that Nathaniel Clyne will be sold too. As it stands, centre-back Joe Gomez is the back-up to Alexander-Arnold and midfielder James Milner is the back-up to Robertson. Liverpool will likely need to sign a player who can play second fiddle on either side, one who is of a decent enough standard too.
Is a new forward coming in?
Liverpool’s first-choice front three are as good as anything in world football, but is the depth behind them good enough? The current back-ups to the front three are Rhian Brewster, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri. Is that enough? I’m not so sure. I still think the Reds need one more star forward who can rotate in and out of the side with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah getting more rests than they did last season. Nicolas Pepe, anybody?
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