The Echo have been quite cheeky with their headline and produced a piece entitled: Three ‘new signings for Liverpool next season – and they are already at Anfield’
Sadly, this doesn’t mean three big name stars have jetted in to finalise contract deals in February ahead of a summer announcement, although it’s probably good as that kind of news would quite possibly have broken the internet.
Instead, the Liverpool paper named three players who would ‘feel’ like new signings for 2017/18, because of their limited involvement this campaign.
See what they did there?!
We’ll list the trio, and provide our thoughts on each:
If Ings ends up making a success of his Liverpool career, it’d be one of the greatest comeback stories ever. His first two seasons at the club basically haven’t happened due to injury and although Klopp likes him, the odds are not in his favour. He has to get fit (which will hopefully happen over the summer) and then wait for a run in the side. When that will come is anyone’s guess, as he couldn’t even make match-day squads at the start of 2016/17 due to Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi ahead of him in the pecking order.
What a centre-back Gomez potentially is. Next term, we can see the Englishman being first reserve behind Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip for a spot at the heart of defence. He’s already a better option than Ragnar Klavan, while Lucas is likely to leave. We can’t wait to see more of the Englishman as in terms of attributes, he’s got it all: pace, strength, composure and technical ability.
Remember how excited we were about Grujic in pre-season? Goals, assists and more… Some fans were already declaring he was better than Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, in fact! Sadly, injury has ravaged his debut campaign and he’s provided virtually zero to our cause. He’s on the road to recovery now, and we hope he cements himself in the Under-23s before the end of the season, so he’s ready to embrace another summer tour. Hopefully this time, it’ll be worthwhile. Sadly though, there aren’t many examples of signings who endure such a miserable debut term and end up being a success, although he is only 20.