Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk. Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita. Roma’s Mohamed Salah. Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon. With Liverpool’s 2016-17 season now in the books, eyes turn to the transfer market as Jürgen Klopp looks to strengthen his side ahead of a return to the Champions League.
If you asked most journalists with ties to the club, they’d say the top targets for Klopp this summer are fairly well defined, with the only real change compared to a month ago a focus on Salah in place of Julian Brandt. And it doesn’t sound as though fans will have to wait long for things to start to happen.
“We learned a lot about ourselves this year, now we can use it,” Klopp said at his final post-match press conference of the season when asked about what comes next for the club and his squad. “We have already pretty much done it, now we have to see. Most of the work is already done.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean that van Dijk and Keita and Salah and Sessegnon will be lined up at Melwood tomorrow. And even if Klopp gets all his top targets, that likely won’t be the sum of all Liverpool’s movement in the transfer market this summer. But the main targets are known and negotiations have begun.
Now, it’s about wrapping up the deals quickly in order to ensure all Liverpool’s new signings are fully involved from the start of pre-season. At least for Klopp’s main targets and priority positions, that will be the goal and expectation with a little less than two months to go before the club’s first pre-season game.
“It’s not like we now sit together and speak about what we think we need,” Klopp added. “Now we made the decisions, get the negotiations done, all that stuff. But it’s good. We are prepared and will see what works out and what does not.”