Sunday Times journalist Jonathan Northcroft says the Reds feel they are in a great position in the transfer market, which is why they will ‘bide their time’ in the summer window.
Northcroft explained that Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards are very content with the squad which has been created over the last couple of years – and therefore will only move for players that are at the absolute top level.
The only real position that needs strengthening desperately in terms of depth is at left-back with Alberto Moreno departed. Daniel Sturridge’s place in the squad will effectively be filled by Rhian Brewster.
Speaking to The Transfer Window podcast, Northcroft said: “This is a sign of Liverpool’s evolution – they’ve been building towards getting themselves in this position probably for six years now.
“They feel they’ve gone through that phase of trying to sign in volume to a position where they are almost complete.
“Now they’re in a position where they can just pick off – they feel – the top players that they need at the top end of the market.
“Van Dijk and Alisson for world-record fees: I think is a trend that we’ll see continuing. They can afford to look at the cream now – it’s the exact opposite of the situation [Manchester] United are in.”
The Reds are definitely in a great place right now – which is why the links to PSG’s Kylian Mbappe were not completely ridiculous. The French superstar is the kind of player that Edwards will be looking to add, but of course, that level of player is not readily available to simply acquire: it takes time and patience.
The only thing that can be said for certain at this stage is that Edwards and Klopp – and the rest of the team behind transfers and scouting – have done an admirable job so far and deserve complete trust and faith in whatever they choose to do.