With the end of the transfer window nigh, Liverpool fans are wondering whether or not Jurgen Klopp and the club will spring a surprise on us…
We’re expecting a number of exits; Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Lazar Markovic, Sheyi OJo and Marko Grujic are all surplus to requirements; but will anyone be signed in their place?
We’re obviously very happy with the summer’s work to date. Virgil van Dijk in January, followed by Alisson (the world’s most expensive keeper), Naby Keita (potentially the best midfielder on the planet), Fabinho (a rock-solid anchorman) and Xherdan Shaqiri (a talented, versatile attacker) is already enough to make us genuine Premier League title contenders.
But could a playmaker, or someone capable of playing on our left flank, strengthen the group even further?
Yes, in short.
As a result, many supporters have been eyeing up Nabil Fekir (whose Liverpool transfer was cancelled due to a failed medical before the World Cup) and Christian Pulisic, who according to Raphael Honigstein, could be on the market, either this summer or next, as he isn’t signing an extension with Borussia Dortmund.
It’s the latter who seems to be exciting fans at the moment, but Paul Joyce of the Times doesn’t think it’s very realistic.
Joyce states that an attacker who’s scored just seven goals in the past two Bundesliga seasons simply isn’t worth the £60m price-tag on his head – and that Liverpool wouldn’t spend that cash on a bench-warmer – which he premises Pulisic would be.
He has a point, doesn’t he? Spending £60m-odd on Fekir though, who scored over 20 league goals last term, would make more sense – although Pulisic would provide a longer term investment and we’ve no doubt that in the future – he’d be equally capable of posting similar numbers.
Still, it’s Klopp’s call – and if he’s happy – we are too.