Liverpool should be making signings this summer. After barely dipping a toe into the transfer market last summer, and with a squad that’s creeping towards the tail end of their peak years, and with the selling point of winning the Premier League and Champions League over the past two seasons.
Liverpool may not be making any major signings this summer, though, thanks to the financial uncertainty caused by the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. At the very least, says manager Jürgen Klopp, the fans shouldn’t be expecting any significant transfers, if they do happen, to happen quickly.
“It will be tricky and we have to deal with the circumstances,” Klopp said. “The situation, as we have said several times, it is really difficult to judge the future. That is always what we have to do. We have to judge the future. Usually, we know about the financial funds that we have as much as you can know.
“At the moment we are qualified for the Champions League and we were qualified pretty early for the Champions League and usually that is good. But a few weeks ago nobody knew if we could play Champions League next season again. Can you count on the money of the Champions League and how much will it be?
“That is all uncertain and that is what we consider because we are not only responsible for the success of the club, we are responsible for all the people at the club and that means everyone who is working here. That is what we try to do. As long as we don’t know exactly about things, we have to wait.”
Tentatively, the 2020-21 Champions League is set to start October 20th, with mid-week games then played in six of the next eight weeks until December 9th. Meanwhile, authorities in England are hoping to slowly reintroduce fans to the games, perhaps starting as early as the Community Shield.
A month from now, there should be more clarity, and that clarity may give the Reds confidence to move. But while the likes of Chelsea have shown they aren’t afraid to spend big early, Liverpool have chosen to be more cautious, and for better or worse the fans will have to accept that this is their reality.
“We have a really good squad,” Klopp added. “We have to see what we can do, we have to see what we have to do, we need still more time. Time will hopefully bring a bit more clarity about the future and then we will make our decisions.”