When Liverpool didn’t spend big in the summer of 2019, adding only Adrian on a free transfer to their first team options when backup goalkeeper Simon Mignolet elected to depart in search of playing time, there were some expectations.
Expectations that come the summer of 2020, the club would be willing and able to go big in order to sign a big name, big money superstar. Since then, the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Jadon Sancho, and Kai Havertz have been proposed options.
However, none are likely to arrive. That’s the word today from club connected journalist Melissa Reddy, who reports Jürgen Klopp recently sat down with sporting director Michael Edwards and president Mike Gordon to discuss their plans.
As to what those plans are, in light of the team’s performance over more than a year and a half now, there is said to be a strong belief that major changes and transformative players are not needed—and could even be counterproductive.
In short, while the club would be willing to sign a big name, big money superstar—another Virgil van Dijk or Alisson—should the need arise, there is no hole in the squad that would require such a signing to be made at the current moment.
Further, Reddy suggests that none of those three big linked names are seen as representing anything like good value, even in the current market, with Havertz in particular called out as being valued at half his £80M price-tag by the Liverpool braintrust.
None of this rules out a signing or three—and perhaps not even a big name signing. But it means a signing that sets a new transfer record for the club is unlikely, with youth and versatility to replace departing squad players the likely template.
Adam Lallana will be leaving, and there have been rumours Xherdan Shaqiri will depart. There is also the issue of depth at fullback. There will be a need, one expects, for signings. Just not for signings like Mbappe, Sancho, or Havertz.