Most Liverpool fans expect, at the very least, a new left back signing to arrive this summer following the sale of Brad Smith that leaves Alberto Moreno as the club’s only senior first team player at the position. A similar situation is unfolding at right back, where Jon Flanagan is edging towards a loan move.
That would leave only 20-year-old Connor Randall as a natural option to Nathaniel Clyne. It all rather adds up to a situation where, if something goes wrong, either the club will be played kids at the position or counting on midfielders covering at fullback. Despite that, Liverpool’s manager isn’t expecting to make any new signings.
"If I had to guess I would say rather no,” Klopp told ESPN today when he was asked if he expected Liverpool to make any more signings this summer with pre-season well under way and the next season only a little more than two weeks off now. “But I don't know actually because it's a long time until the 31st of August.
“We have a few friendlies of course and a few test games and then have, one, two, maybe three—I’m not sure—Premier League games. So we will see. We will see how the players react on my decisions because we will have more players than 11 for sure, and then you have to accept a few decisions and take it as an opportunity.
It’s not that the club won’t make more signings if they’re needed, he added. Just that as of now he’s looking to work with the players he has on hand. Which for the most part is a hard stance to quibble with. At least past the issue at fullback, where the club appear to have less depth than ever at what has often been a problem position.
Everywhere else, though, the problem seems more likely to be too much depth rather than not enough. It’s a situation Klopp admits means a few more outgoings are still likely to happen. The players that remain, though, will be important to what comes next, insisted the manager; they will be counted on, even if their role is small.
"To develop a team never ends so,” Klopp added. “You have only result, result, result, but then you will have to again decide. That's how it is. So we will see. I don't think we'll have a lot. But of course everyone knows about it maybe on the outgoing side will happen a little bit
"What I can promise, if we win something at the end of the season, everybody here after 31st of August in this squad will have a big influence on it.”