After a season of successes where the team from Anfield won the Champions League and almost won the Premier League, the German manager already warned that the club won’t be very active on the market, something that is understandable.
Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp banking on stability: Expenses of the past advise restraint
In recent statements to the media outlets of the club, Jurgen Klopp has warned that Liverpool will have a relatively quiet transfer window in terms of transfers, with the main objective of maintaining the stability of a group that last season had an extraordinary performance.
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In fact, if there are no departures on the English side it is hard to find a real weakness on their starting line-up, although some might say there is always space to reinforce the team with another top central defender to form a partnership with Virgil van Dijk, or get a midfielder with more offensive characteristics that can create a better connection with the three up front.
In any case, and after two seasons where the club invested in players of the quality of Van Dijk or Fabinho, it is natural that this is a season of contention, because after all Liverpool were European champions and they intend to the defend that title with the same players of last year.
Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid are ahead of the current champions and the way they have been reinforcing themselves justifies it.
The manager Jurgen Klopp even wanted to add that only clubs like Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain have conditions to spend 200 or 300 million euros every season, alluding the financial power of those clubs.
Premier League will return to be their focus?
Most of neutral and even Liverpool fans will defend the idea that the club has to win every competition they play in.
However, after winning the Champions League last season, will it be legitimate to ask the question: will the Premier League be a complete priority for them this season?
As you certainly know, Liverpool hasn’t won the Premier League since 1990 – for 29 years – and that is certainly a cause for anguish for their fans that have seen clubs like Arsenal, Man.United, Man.City, Chelsea or even Leicester celebrate league titles in the last decades.
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As a consequence, Liverpool has been suffering with that situation, with the opportunities of breaking that curse not having been that many, which means the loss of the title last season has probably been very costly for the fans, especially since it was a season where they’ve broken their record of points.
Manchester City has been merciless in the past two years under the command of Pep Guardiola and only a Liverpool exclusively focused on their domestic league might have real chances of contesting the current dominance of the Citizens.
For now, Manchester City hasn’t been exactly ludicrous on the transfers’ market, but the 70 million spent on the Spanish midfielder Rodri are another demonstration that the club continues to be wealthy and always ready to rectify potential shortcomings that might come up.
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With Fernandinho on a more advanced stage of his career and with some injuries causing him trouble lately, Guardiola has opted to anticipate any problem by bringing in a quality midfielder to intersperse with the Brazilian.
The odds for Liverpool to win the Premier League and win that title 30 years later are at 2.90.
The club practically hasn’t made any moves on the market and everything suggests that they will only do it in case there is a good deal or in case some important element of their roster ends up leaving for an advantageous price for the club.
‘Outsiders’ waiting for failure of the almighty duo
With Manchester City and Liverpool hitting truly astonishing levels last season, clubs like Tottenham (15.00), Chelsea (20.00), Manchester United (20.00) or Arsenal (35.00) had to watch that clash of titans from the side-lines.
For the new season, all the remaining 4 clubs from the “Big Six” are waiting for a window of opportunity to get between the title discussion, but judging by the several moves made by all of them, stability is something they shouldn’t have, at least on an initial stage of the season, and that can prove to be fatal for a potential intrusion on the fight for first place in the Premier League.