5 Aug 2016

Liverpool Boost: Great News as Klopp makes transfer 'activity' revelation and confirms signings may still happen

Last week, Jurgen Klopp disappointed Reds fans with the suggestion that he'd completed his transfer business for the summer, but in a new interview this week, Liverpool's manager appears to have changed his mind.

When asked last week about transfers, Klopp told reporters:

"If I had to guess I would say rather no. Maybe on the outgoing side something will happen a little bit"

When asked the same question on Wednesday, Klopp noted:

“Is the activity all over? I don’t think so. We will see what happens.”

Liverpool are still light at left-back, defensive midfield, and (arguably) up-front, and it's surely inconceivable for Klopp to go into the new season relying on Alberto Moreno (error prone), and Daniel Sturridge (injury prone).

Is the current squad good enough to crack the top four? Absolutely no chance (IMO). The current squad (without the new signings) finished 6th and 8th in the last two seasons, and the league table proves one thing: The likes of Lallana, Moreno, Henderson et al are not good enough (collectively) to challenge for the top four.

Additionally, bar the hugely inexperienced Marko Grujic, Klopp's signings have little recent experience of winning trophies and/or qualifying for (or playing in) the Champions League.

* Wijnaldum just got relegated with Newcastle.

* Mane played in a Southampton team that's hovered around 5th-10th for the last two seasons.

* Matip's Schalke team haven't qualified for the Champions League since 2013-14.

* Klavan arrived from a mid-table Bundesliga club. Ditto Karius and Manninger.

Do these players have the collective ability, mentality, and experience to bridge Liverpool's quality gap and propel the club into the Champions League next season? I just can't see it.

However, with a couple of astute signings before the end of the transfer window (left-back, DM, and possibly a striker), the team may be capable of performing at a level that's greater than the sum of its parts.

What are Liverpool's immediate transfer priorities (if any)?


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