What positions are Liverpool targeting in the summer transfer window? What did Jurgen Klopp say? And what do the statistics say?
What positions are Liverpool targeting?
Sky Sports News reporter Vinny O’Connor:
Liverpool will look to strengthen their line ahead of this season. The fact that they even spoke to Kylian Mbappe shows how determined they are to add quality up top.
It makes sense with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino entering the final year of their contracts while the potential departure of Sadio Mane, who also has a year left on his contract, and Divock Origi having already decided to leave, make reinforcements in this area a priority. If Mane is to leave, Liverpool will only be looking to do business for more than the €30m that have been quoted and they would want a replacement sorted before allowing him to leave.
With Fabio Carvalho due to officially start his Liverpool career on July 1, any further midfield overhaul could hinge on the future of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino. Oxlade Chamberlain has made 29 appearances in a 63-game season and hasn’t played since the FA Cup win over Forest in March, while Minamino has made just 24 appearances and both could be looking for opportunities more regular in the first team. Oxlade Chamberlain is another player with just one year left on his contract.
Strengthening the backline doesn’t appear to be a priority, with Ibrahima Konate giving Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk another option while Joe Gomez is able to cover at right-back and centre-back.
What do the stats say about Liverpool?
It seems strange to discuss what a team needs after such a successful campaign. If Liverpool should play in a certain position, it may be that of centre-back.
When comparing Liverpool and Manchester City seasons, they had a similar number of goals, expected goals (xG) and goals conceded. However, there was a big difference in the expected goals against (xGa). If they have conceded as many goals as Manchester City, it is thanks to the genius of their goalkeeper.
The Reds have one of the best centre-backs in Van Dijk, but they struggle without him: Liverpool nearly missed out on Champions League qualification when he was injured for most of last season. Since his arrival, Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost 10 of 129 Premier League games with him and eight of 39 games without him.
What did manager Jurgen Klopp say?
On other potential exits, Klopp said: “I don’t want to see anyone leave but that’s life. No one came to me and said they wanted to leave. Now is not the time for that now.
“What happened this year is possible because of the group; world-class players. The kids played their part, which was good too.
“I have no idea who wants to go at the moment, but if someone comes to me and says they have a club they want to join, we’ll talk to the club with an offer.”
What should Liverpool do this summer?
Richard Morgan, Sky Sports Senior Reporter:
FSG’s top priority for the end of the season will be to tie Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to new long-term deals at Anfield given that their current contracts expire next summer, although easier said than done. especially since the negotiations with the former have now dragged on. some time.
Liverpool have, of course, already signed Colombian striker Luis Diaz, who was originally due to move to Anfield this summer, only for Tottenham’s interest in the player in January to bring that transfer forward a few months.
Meanwhile, Portuguese attacking midfielder Fabio Carvalho, 19, also joins the Reds from Fulham on July 1 for a fee of £5million plus supplements, meaning the club have already replaced Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are both expected to leave this summer.