So you may have heard that there’s a pandemic happening right now and it affects a lot of things.
If one were to rank everything taken off course by coronavirus, transfer rumours would be somewhere near the bottom. Let’s maybe save some lives before we shed a tear over Liverpool’s budget for new players. Nonetheless, it’s having an impact.
David Maddock of The Mirror has claimed the effect will be so significant that the Reds “now look virtually certain to do no transfer spending this summer”. Maddock believes that Lyon’s Houssem Aour as well as yes-him-again Timo Werner were previously the key targets, but this seems to have been shelved.
A key thing to note here is that 2020 was always probably going to be more of a summer about tweaks than a major overhaul. When Jürgen Klopp signed his new contract in late 2019, the thinking seemed to be that this season and next would be about sticking with this core side and challenging for trophies, while 2021 onwards would be a big overhaul and rebuild.
Coronavirus is likely to hit the revenues of every club in the Premier League, so it’s hardly as though Liverpool will be uniquely disadvantaged by this. Expect smaller transfer fees across the board. Some clubs will surely think they can now find a few bargains and go for big changes, but the Reds under FSG have generally taken their time and waited for the market to suit them.
It’s of course frustrating if this means a player like Werner lands somewhere else. It’s more than possible that the real story here is Liverpool just thinking they’ll get him in 2021 instead, but nobody really knows.
Fingers crossed that the world is safe to return to normal as soon as possible. But as of right now, we can’t say what will happen with any degree of certainty, and that is inevitably affecting Liverpool Football Club along with every other business in the world.