Klopps transfer window plans as Liverpool vow not to panic in Man City pursuit
Liverpool lose. Fans call for signings. Rinse. Repeat.
Not all Kop supporters, mind you. Many know what to expect and plenty trust in their manager.
Maybe it is more from those who are on social media often, though, considering the outcry on there.
No different to any other big club, really. It happens at Manchester United, City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, too.
Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, are not going to panic and suddenly splash the cash in January just because they’ve fallen behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race this season.
So anyone who has paid attention to how they run the club won’t be getting their hopes up of a big January buy.
Jurgen Klopp explained it earlier this week. ‘Winter transfers’, as he put them, only really work for the Reds in two ways.
The first being if they missed out on a summer transfer target – like they did with Virgil van Dijk in 2017.
The second being if a target for the upcoming summer suddenly becomes available and needs to be brought in now for fear of being poached by another club.
The example of this is Takumi Minamino in January 2020.
Currently, there are no situations like that at the moment for the Reds. It could change quickly, of course.
But if Klopp suddenly gets the green light to sign someone in this transfer window it won’t be because they dropped points against Leicester and let City steal a few steps in the title race.
It will be calculated for now and the future, not just to paper over a couple of cracks which have recently appeared.
Where would Liverpool add in their squad at the moment anyways?
The suggestion has been in midfield but they currently have nine players who can play across Klopp’s preferred three in the middle of the park.
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Ok, Harvey Elliott is out for most of the season and Tyler Morton is not ready for the big games.
That still leaves seven into three. Are the players not good enough? The first choice trio Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara obviously are.
But one week everyone wants to see more of Naby Keita, then the next poor performance means he’s not up to it?
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is classed as being unfortunate not to get more time on the pitch when he plays well and then when a below-par showing comes why is it suddenly a sign he needs to be moved on?
There can be an argument that Liverpool may need to reshuffle their midfield in the summer but that will mean as many – if not more – exits than arrivals.
January isn’t a time for that.
Klopp doesn’t want to stifle the development of Curtis Jones and Elliott, either.
It’s a tricky balancing act. Again, not one to be decided upon just because Mo Salah missed a penalty against the Foxes.
The other argument is Liverpool need more in attack, but Roberto Firmino has been warming the bench since returning from injury. That’s some substitute to have while Diogo Jota continues to shine.
Salah and Sadio Mane may be off to the Africa Cup of Nations in January but they will miss two Premier League games against Brentford and Crystal Palace.
If the Reds can’t beat those two sides without them two then they aren’t good enough to catch City. They should have more than enough to deal with opposition like that even without their two best forwards.
But, again, should they buy a front man just for two games?
FSG don’t throw away money on Liverpool. Every expense is calculated.
That’s why you can expect a quiet month at Anfield. The biggest signing would be if they could convince Salah to pen a new contract but there’s no movement on that yet.
Nat Phillips may find a new club – or a loan move at least – which is probably a wise choice for his career.
He’s a decent Premier League defender, too good to be fifth choice at the Reds.
But that may be as exciting as it gets on the red half of Merseyside.
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