After a disastrous season that marked the end of a prosperous period for the Reds, Jürgen Klopp has pledged to rebuild Liverpool this summer, and Robbie Fowler has offered suggestions for how to make things better
I concur with Jurgen Klopp that he needs to rebuild this summer and will likely need to sign at least four players.
But if they want to return to the wonderful level Liverpool has had for the majority of the time under him, I can’t help but think it needs to be better than the transfer business they’ve done in the last year.
I’m not criticizing the players in any way, but how much money did they spend to replace Sadio Mane and effectively upgrade their front line? £150 million is a modest estimate. Notwithstanding the supporters’ complaints that the owners haven’t made any investments, what have they gotten for that money—which is a sizable sum—instead? Possibility is what it is.
Although Darwin Nunez occasionally seems thrilling, he is far from being the whole product, and it may be some time before we see him succeed, if at all. I believe Cody Gakpo is comparable in this regard. Both of them took their time getting going, and that’s being kind.
Luis Diaz was a bit unique. He was perhaps Liverpool’s best player up to his injury, according to some. But as Mane’s replacement? As a finisher, I’m still not on the same page. And his history of injury issues hardly inspires confidence.
That, in my opinion, is one of the main problems. Despite their financial investment, the club appears to prefer to acquire youthful talent over polished goods.
If anyone was going to join Liverpool’s team after the level they were at the previous season, they had to be among the very best in the world of soccer. They don’t have that, in my opinion. Yet.
You may argue that Salah and Mane weren’t exceptional players before joining, yet they both started playing right away.
and also right away reached the figures they kept throughout their spell at Anfield.
So, yes, the owners MUST spend a lot of money over the summer, but the problem goes beyond that. The recruiting process must be nearly flawless, just as it was in the past, with elite level athletes who can instantly make a significant difference.
That won’t be inexpensive. And it might not be a good idea to spend all of their money on just one player. Even if they spend the entire £130 million summer budget on Jude Bellingham, their team’s issues still won’t be resolved.
They at least require three players to join the starting Lineup, in my opinion. You won’t get two of them for free. Hence, either Bellingham’s fee (if they can acquire him) is way beyond the budget, or they search for three players at £45 million apiece.
It’s challenging in the current market, but it might be the smart move if the recruitment staff can duplicate their prior golden touch, which found so many players who so rapidly established themselves as great.