It seems fair to say Reds will be relatively pleased if Jurgen Klopp manages to secure the services of the main players Liverpool have been linked to.
The individuals in question mark the club addressing priority areas and, in turn, bolstering both the squad’s strength in depth and the spine of the team.
RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita poses as Liverpool’s number one transfer target, according to reliable journalist Paul Joyce, of The Times.
Joyce, however, also referenced Southampton central defender Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool’s other ‘number one’ target, thereby reiterating the likelihood of the club spending big money to bring the pair to Anfield.
A season-long demonstration of traits similar to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante has seen Keita catch the eye, with Klopp now keen to add his athleticism and energy to the Liverpool midfield.
His reported £26million transfer target would also be well within the club’s reach given the record transfer budget Klopp is set to have at his disposal. Interest from other clubs is seemingly a main issue that could jeopardise Liverpool’s chances of pulling off a deal for the 22-year-old with Bayern Munich also believed to be keen.
Van Dijk is likely to cost a hefty £50million which could still become both a feasible and acceptable deal if Liverpool receive the £30million they are asking clubs for in exchange for Mamadou Sakho.
The signing of both would instantly improve this team and boost the club’s chances of not only competing for a top four spot but also mounting a serious title challenge next season.