Merseyside football reporter Paul Joyce, who writes about Liverpool for the Express, has given an hour interview to AnfieldHQ. (You can listen to the entire chat via that link.)
He discussed many questions surrounding the club, including Jurgen Klopp’s influence and the improvement the German boss has made to Lucas, Jordon Ibe, Adam Lallana among others.
But his most interesting comments to most would be his opinions on upcoming transfer windows.
Joyce doesn’t reckon Liverpool will do any business in January, but thinks summer 2017 will be a different story…
“I don’t expect January singings. Partly because of a lack of players out there and partly because the manager is still getting to know the current lot. He’ll want to give the players he’s inherited proper time.
“Sane has just signed a new deal so a January deal isn’t in line for him… But in the same way Rafa Benitez exploited his Spanish contacts, you’d expect Klopp to look at the German market – because that’s what he knows best. I can see players based in Germany coming in at some point.
“Wide areaa and central midfield are positions you think they’d strengthen in the summer.
“I think there will be a couple of big signings, at least. In regards to the budget though, I don’t know what that would be.”
These comments are pure speculation at the moment, but seem to make sense to us in terms of what we need. If we can find the right player in January, great – but if not – there’s no point chasing average quality to bolster an already heavy squad.
With Jon Flanagan, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge now returned, and Danny Ings and Joe Gomez to come back in 2016, Klopp has a number of ‘new’ players to work with anyway.
Most Liverpool fans would suggest we need a new centre-back, an elite central midfielder and a winger, while the fullbacks positions need backup support.
Until the end of the season though we should be focussing on what we already have, rather than dream of new signings. Klopp has the capability to galvanise players so much he can practically turn the current lot into new signings without us having to enter the market.