If I Were Klopp – Summer Transfers

Liverpool need to bulk up in the transfer window, due to qualifying for European Competition it means Liverpool need more depth.

I’m certain Klopp will further bleed youngsters into the first-team next season, however they will not have the quality or time to adapt to the Premier League and therefore signings need to be made.

Liverpool have had problems at left-back since we let John Arne Riise go to Roma, with Fabio Aurelio, Paul Konchesky (yeah…. him), Jose Enrique and Alberto Moreno all failing to protect the left flank.

Jon Flanagan had a good stint at left-back in the 2013/14 season however his injuries have hampered his development and has had a relatively stagnant season at Burnley. James Milner has also performed very well this season, but he is not a long-term option.

Therefore I feel we should sign Sead Kolasinac, as he is tall, strong and has adapted to the German game well, so Klopp can help teach him and to enhance his skills in the Premier League, as a man of his body set is designed for it. Kolasinac is available on a free as well, meaning he is a very financially capable deal.

Sead Kolasinac

In terms of forwards, Liverpool have Sadio Mane, Philipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Divock Origi and Ben Woodburn who can play up top, however Woodburn may not be ready for the heights of European competition.

Liverpool added Mane this season which gave us a new element but, I feel if Liverpool could sign Douglas Costa, it adds multiple layers to the team.

Douglas Costa recently got Liverpool fans excited by tweeting “Philippe Coutinho, Douglas Costa and Roberto Firmino, I can already envision the best attack in Europe in 17/18”.

Costa would give us cover for left-wing, add even more pace and if you put Costa LW and Mane RW, we could put Origi up top and use him as a target man, adding another route to score if our typical gegenpressing style isn’t working mid-game.

Costa would not come cheap and Liverpool could only secure him if we get Champions League football, but Costa would not tweet what he has without reason.

Douglas Costa

Finally, unfortunately Liverpool may have to sell players who are dead weight, either for the good of the team or to balance the books.

Daniel Sturridge has lacked pace and his innate finishing ability hasn’t proven itself this season, 28 years old in September, cash-in on him whilst we can.

Mamadou Sakho was one of my favourite Liverpool players, however when he disobeyed Klopp I sided with the German, and Sakho’s celebration with Benteke in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace has put the final nail in the coffin of his Liverpool career.

Lucas Leiva has been a magnificent servant to the club for 10 years now and has become a cult hero, and his experience next year in Europe may be vital, but he can’t see that he has much future at the club. I don’t want to sell him, but it may be the best for him as a player.

I wouldn’t sell or buy any keepers, I feel Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius have healthy competition and believe they both have something to offer Liverpool.

I would actually keep Moreno, as he is great for morale and is still not a bad back-up option from left-back- he could work in the Europa League however if Liverpool get Champions League, he’s certainly not up to scratch.

Overall, if Klopp were to make these signings I would be ecstatic, however I’m certain no matter who he signs, The Kop will have faith in him… it feels like every transfer he makes he’s two steps ahead of everyone else.

Elliot Lee




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