There are no players close to joining Liverpool, yet, according to James Pearce – who gave a Q&A to the Liverpool Sub-Reddit today.
He did however mention Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain first in reply to the fan question, intimating he’s a serious target (although signing him will be tricky…).
“I wouldn’t say anything is really solid at this stage mate,” he began. “So much depends on being able to offer CL football. Even with Oxlade-Chamberlain, there’s interest but a number of hurdles to overcome as Arsenal won’t want to sell to a domestic rival and may offer him enough cash to convince him to stay put.
“I just think so much depends on LFC qualifying for the Champions League. I’d say Van Dijk and Keita are Klopp’s top two targets so getting them both would go a long way towards making this summer window a big success, but getting those deals done won’t be easy. I also believe that buying a top class striker must be a priority. What I want to see this summer is a real show of ambition and LFC ensuring they have a squad capable of competing both home and abroad in 2017/18.”
Champions League football hasn’t made much difference in Manchester United’s ability to sign top players over the past few years, but with Liverpool – it’s consistently being earmarked as the decisive factor.
Understandably, the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Naby Keita want elite European competition, but they’re hardly regulars in the competition and we’d hope that even if miss out on the top four we’d still do our utmost to acquire Jurgen Klopp’s primary targets.
We can imagine our secondary, backup targets, are not quite as exciting and will leave fans complaining throughout the summer.
For this reason, and many others, two positive results in our final games of the campaign is completely vital.