Michael Edwards and Jurgen Klopp may have made the same mistake with Dejan Lovren’s transfer to Liverpool.
Not signing a new forward, as they did at center-back ahead to the 2020-21 season, may have left Liverpool short.
The deadline day came and went, and three Liverpool deals were completed; contracts, not new signings. On Tuesday, Jordan Henderson, Nat Phillips, and Rhys Williams all signed long-term contracts. There were just outgoings at Anfield, with Williams, Sheyi Ojo, Luis Longstaff, and Jake Cain all being loaned away.
The lack of newcomers, with Ibrahima Konate – who was revealed on May 28th – being Jurgen Klopp’s only summer signing – has dampened the club’s fan base’s expectations for this season. Especially when competing against teams with larger rosters.
The major issue for Liverpool this summer was centre-back, which was ideally solved with Konate’s arrival, but it appears that there were other parts of the squad that needed reinforcement as well.
The Reds’ administration apparently disagreed, and it has been suggested that significant moves will be made in the summer of 2022.
“We won’t buy solely to appease people’s illogical hunger for a transfer,” a Liverpool source said before the deadline. Anyone we get in midfield must be good enough to play alongside Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, [Naby] Keita, Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain], [James] Milner, Curtis [Jones], and now Harvey [Elliott].”
On paper, eight players appear to be sufficient to fill three midfield positions. However, according to Transfermarkt, Keita missed 43 matches in all competitions in the last two seasons, Henderson 26, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, and Milner each missed 24. Thiago missed 21 of the 51 games he was eligible to play in during his first season.
Gini Wijnaldum’s dependability, which he now shares with Paris Saint-Germain, is unmatched by any other midfielder at the club. Still, as long as Liverpool doesn’t suffer several injuries at the same time, it’s an area where they should be able to get by – though Fabinho’s absence in the No 6 spot would be noticed.
Instead, Liverpool’s dearth of acceptable back-up options is most likely to be felt in the final third this season. Klopp’s key four forwards are Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, and Roberto Firmino.
Salah has remained as ferocious as ever, while Jota has been a revelation since signing a.