Losing Timo Werner to Chelsea, or whatever you want to call it, was far from the outcome that we expected. Liverpool seemed certain to bring in Werner after months of positive speculation about a deal in the works.
But whether Timo was ever a sure thing to join the Reds this summer or not, the pandemic pretty much shut down Liverpool’s ability to make any luxury financial decisions.
As good as Werner is, Jürgen Klopp’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané are each at the top of their world-class games. And Liverpool aren’t in a position anymore to spend Timo money for Timo to then spend so much time on the sidelines.
Steve McManaman recently said he wasn’t surprised by Liverpool’s revised priorities list for the foreseeable future.
The ex-Liverpool midfielder suggested that with Klopp and his team, already adept at finding and training talented footballers into world beaters, the club can confidently go forward leaning on the recruitment team to make more cost effective discoveries.
“I think it’s going to be difficult this year for teams to spend a lot of money in the current climate,” said McManaman.
“Teams are losing money, we know that, there’s no gate receipts, sponsorship deals will have to be rebated.
“I fully expect there to be less money to be spent. I don’t think Liverpool will have the year they had when they bought Alisson and Virgil van Dijk but I don’t think they actually need that much to challenge again next year.
“It’s a case of picking and choosing your position. So, it’s a very sensible, prudent signing and maybe a couple of younger players joining the squad should suffice.
“You’d love them to go and buy a superstar but when has Jürgen Klopp gone out and bought a superstar that was at the tip of everyone’s tongue?
“Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, at the time, were signings that came out of leftfield to a certain extent.
“You never know with Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp, they’ve done a great job in the past with signings and maybe they’ve got one up their sleeve for the summer.”
Klopp will also look to call on his group of nearly-there youngsters next season, hoping that one or two will level up into title-winning players over the campaign. Curtis Jones has already impressed in big moments and could find himself getting onto the team sheet more next season.
And we still haven’t experienced much of Takumi Minamino in the side. He gives the manager options in his attacking plan that are still unknown. Hopefully, they’re amazing options.
So, prepare for a quiet window, I guess. One happy, new face would be nice, but, I get it.