Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool are not yet finished in the transfer market and is expecting Jurgen Klopp to add to his squad within the next few weeks.
The Reds have made three signings so far this summer with Dominic Solanke arriving from Chelsea, Mohamed Salah signing from Roma and Andrew Robertson joining from Hull City.
There remains an expectation, however, that at least one more marquee signing may be on the cards as Klopp looks to bolster his team’s strength in depth ahead of a season in which Liverpool will be expected to challenge for the Premier League title.
RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita had been identified as a priority target, only for the Reds to see two bids of £57m and £66m both rejected by the Bundesliga club and met with a stern insistence that the Guinean would not be sold for any price this summer.
Liverpool could also revive their pursuit of Virgil van Dijk, having previously issued a statement ‘ending all interest’ in the Dutchman after Southampton’s complaint over an alleged illegal pursuit.
Despite the various setbacks, Gerrard believes Klopp could have a couple of surprises left.
“In pre-season, they have looked very strong and with three weeks to go in the window, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jurgen has got a couple of cards up his sleeve,” he told BT Sport, per the Express.
“He might bring a couple of big signings in.”
“Liverpool look really dangerous on the counter. If they can learn how to break teams down at home and defend a bit better, I think they are a force.
“There is still time, three weeks to go. Last year, against the top six they were excellent and had a very good record.”
For most fans, the signing of Van Dijk remains a priority given the apparent need to address Liverpool’s defensive frailties.
The centre-back is currently training away from the Saints squad having informed officials at St Mary’s of his wish to leave during the next month.
The chances of Liverpool launching an official approach, however, seem to depend on whether they are given good reason to believe Southampton are open to bids for the wantaway defender.
It also remains to be seen whether Adam Lallana’s injury setback will trigger Klopp to pursue another midfielder, especially having also failed to secure Keita.
An extremely impressive pre-season aside, the transfer window hasn’t quite gone to plan and Liverpool could certainly do with couple more new faces before the deadline.