It was an early surprise getting Fabinho signed so quickly after the Champions League final. And Naby Keita’s Liverpool arrival has been anticipated since last summer. Nabil Fekir was an almost addition to Jürgen Klopp’s squad just before the World Cup kicked off but uncorroborated circumstances prevented the deal being completed. But that seems like months ago. It’s been too long since we got excited about a new signing and people are starting to get antsy.
Michael Edwards and his sultry team of deal makers have proven themselves in the eyes of most of the Liverpool fan base. Virgil Van Dijk was a big get from Southampton. Securing Keita for the future was an impressive, out-of-the-box deal. The club made a sweet pile of cash from the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. And Fabinho’s sudden arrival was evidence of the clubs ability to keep their business under wraps. But we need our next shiny thing, Michael. And we need it yesterday.
Fortunately, Klopp knows plenty about what’s actually going on with Liverpool’s transfer plans this summer and the manager appears confident and assured of the what the club is actively doing in the market.
“Yes, I am happy,” Klopp said, speaking to the club’s official site. “And the work is always going on, that’s how it is. Why should we stop until the window is closing?
“It’s all good in the moment. We will see what happens and I will not – and don’t want to – say it looks a little bit better in that department or this department.
“If all the players are coming back and healthy from the World Cup then we have already a really, really good team – and that’s the only thing I need to know.
“What happens on the other side, we will see, but we don’t finish thinking about it before the last day of the window.”
It’s a busy time at Melwood right now. Pre-season has begun, the first friendly match is Saturday, Liverpool’s trainers are assessing the players continuously, and the work towards new signatures is ongoing.
But there’s also the football starting to happen again and many young players and players who have come back from loans will look at this period as a chance to show Klopp their very best.
“I told the boys on Tuesday that everybody has the opportunity to show up, so do it,” said Klopp. “I’m a lot of things but not blind, so that means I see what they offer – and if someone offers something special then I will realise it and we will make decisions about it.
“It’s not the moment for that. I am really happy that they are all here because [we have] that number of players to go through the games and play these games, which is important for all of us. Then we will see.
“They are all our boys and if they go on loan or not, there are no decisions so far so we have to see how it develops.”