Liverpool squad for the upcoming season could undergo significant changes compared to the previous campaign.
The Reds have wasted no time in strengthening their ranks, with the acquisitions of Alexis Mac Allister and ongoing talks for Khephren Thuram.
Possible Liverpool Squad
Let’s take a closer look at how Jurgen Klopp’s squad might shape up for the start of the season, factoring in five potential transfers.
One area that requires attention is the goalkeeping department. Caomhin Kelleher, dissatisfied with limited playing time, may be allowed to leave if the right offer comes along. Consequently, Liverpool will need to find a suitable replacement, even with Adrian signing a new contract.
Ron-Robert Zieler, a former Manchester United youth player and currently at Hannover, fits the bill as a homegrown option and could be available at a reasonable price to serve as Alisson’s backup.
Liverpool’s defensive performance this season was not up to par, and Klopp will undoubtedly prioritize rectifying this issue. Calvin Ramsey, who had an injury-marred debut season, is expected to be available as a backup right-back after a full pre-season to regain fitness.
However, the team still needs to reinforce their central defense, given their defensive shortcomings. Another central defender is likely to be signed to address this area.
In midfield, significant changes are on the horizon. Mac Allister has already arrived at a £35m deal, and talks are underway for Thuram and Manu Kone. Ryan Gravenberch is another potential addition, but his availability depends on Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Bayern Munich.
While progress has been made with some targets, Liverpool had to rule out Mason Mount and Manuel Ugarte. Mount appears to be heading to Manchester United, while Ugarte seems destined for PSG after Chelsea withdrew from a potential deal.
Liverpool cannot afford to waste time integrating new players into the squad. Klopp needs his players fit and ready from day one to mount a serious challenge at the top.
Maintaining a strong squad depth will be crucial in ensuring healthy competition among attackers like Salah, Nunez, Gakpo, Jota, and Diaz, although Firmino’s departure partly stems from the increased attacking options.
Should Liverpool allow Phillips and Kelleher to depart, they must include homegrown players in their summer plans. Failure to meet the homegrown quota will result in a reduced squad size under current rules.
If Liverpool allows Phillips and Kelleher to leave this summer, they must incorporate homegrown players into their summer plans. Falling below a homegrown contingent of four would require Liverpool to have a squad of only 21 players next season, as per the current squad regulations.
Liverpool’s squad for the upcoming season is expected to undergo significant changes. Strengthening the goalkeeping, defensive, and midfield departments are key priorities while maintaining squad depth will be crucial for success.