New faces will undoubtedly arrive at Anfield in the summer but they will by no means diminish the progress of Liverpool’s promising youngsters.
Not on Jurgen Klopp’s watch, anyway.
The German touched on his summer transfer plans during his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s meeting with Bournemouth, reiterating how the squad will be bolstered when the window re-opens.
“We will show that we learned from this year but I don’t know exactly what to say about this now. We will bring in players, yes, of course; the squad will change in a few positions, yes, of course; we will still have young players in the squad, yes,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I said it already, with the problems we had in January and February, of course it was clear. The injury of Phil [Coutinho] in November, Sadio [Mane] not [available] in January, Danny Ings not in for a long time, Daniel Sturridge not at 100 per cent and then out.”
“Should we have, for this, another striker, another winger? Yes, it felt like this in these moments, but it gave a few young boys an opportunity to show themselves and that’s good.”
Another strong summer of recruitment will instantly make this club top four contenders again and potentially even title challengers.
Reinforcements will not only give Klopp more healthy selection dilemmas but they will go someway towards ensuring we do not suffer the same dip in form that we experienced due to the loss of key players at the beginning of 2017.
This season has been a wake up call. Not only in terms of what we need but also in terms of what we are capable of if we add the finishing touches to this already talented group of players.
Klopp will also seemingly give the club’s youth prospects even more first team opportunities as he looks to make the most of their star potential. It looks like we will be seeing a lot more from the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria and Marko Grujic.