It wasn’t as lengthy a wish list as it has been in years past, but Liverpool supporters universally went into the summer transfer window hoping for new faces in a few key positions: a versatile attacker, depth at full back and a more creative midfielder.
So far, the only arrival has been a teenager for the future in the £1.3m Sepp van den Berg. And that’s OK.
Of course, it is natural for Red fans to peek 30 odd miles down the way and observe that Manchester City have signed Atletico Madrid’s Rodri in a key position of need. However it’s of no use to compare ourselves to our petrodollar-funded rivals and those of that ilk, says Reds supremo Jürgen Klopp:
“We are pretty relaxed in that, we will see what’s coming up,” the Liverpool manager said speaking to the official LFC website when asked about the club’s transfer plans.
“How I said, it will not be the biggest transfer window of LFC; we invested a lot in the team in the last two years, I would say. We cannot spend every year in the same manner.
“People talk about it like, ‘Now another £300m or £200m’. There are maybe only two clubs in the world—it looks in the moment like Barcelona and [Real] Madrid can do the same—City and PSG that can do it every year.”
And it’s true. Unlike the frivolous figures running Barcelonas and the PSGs of the world, Liverpool’s owners in Fenway Sports Group, though dedicated to building a cup-winning squad, are nevertheless famous for their financial prudence. Indeed, it makes the progress Liverpool FC have made in the Americans’ time at the helm all the more impressive in comparison to their rivals.
“We are fine,” Klopp continued, reassuring a moderately-anxious fanbase. “I’m happy with the team, we are really happy. We have to see if we find maybe one position, if we find something for it, but there’s no real pressure because it’s not about signing a player. We have solutions for all the situations.”
The message the Normal One has for Reds supporters is that they should be at ease, confident that with strong leadership, a young, hungry and settled squad and the best manager in football locked in for the long haul, that the trend of marked improvement year on year will continue apace this upcoming season.