Liverpool can copy Premier League rivals to replicate groundbreaking £170m summer transfer window

Liverpool have only had one ‘big’ summer transfer window under Jürgen Klopp, and while that will probably never need repeating, the Reds can learn from it.

In the summer of 2018, Liverpool brought in Alisson Becker (£66m), Naby Keïta (£52m), Fabinho (£39m) and Xherdan Shaqiri (£13m), after buying Virgil van Dijk for 75m £ at Southampton the previous January.

The jury is still out on Keïta thanks to his availability issues, but the others have all been successes — arguably, in the case of Alisson, Fabinho and Van Dijk, who have all become crucial players for the club, plus Shaqiri, who had his moments and got the job done for relatively little money.

That summer, having spent no money until then, Liverpool decided that to get to the next level they needed to spend a lot, partly funded by the sale of Philippe Coutinho. And it turned out.

This summer, it won’t be quite the same thing. Liverpool have already reached the highest level and have a squad to rival anyone in the world. Another Alisson will not be needed, while Van Dijk and Fabinho are the best in the world, and finding upgrades is impossible.

But investment will still have to come in many forms.

First, there’s the contract situation led by Mohamed Salah that needs to be resolved, and then there’s a refresh of the squad that needs to follow.

In midfield and in attack, small adjustments are needed with one eye on adding depth and reliability and the other on finding players who could one day be the next Salah, Sadio Mané or Jordan Henderson.

It doesn’t need to be rude, but incoming sporting director Julian Ward has a big task in front of the window to put Liverpool in the position they need to be.

Crystal Palace, the team Liverpool face on Sunday, were in a much more radical position this summer as they parted ways with Roy Hodgson and appoint Patrick Vieira.

The Frenchman has made Palace a completely different team and transformed their style of play, which of course is not what Liverpool need under Klopp.

But the way he did it – via a series of clever transfer moves – is something Liverpool need to replicate.

The Reds won’t be splashing buckets on individuals, but the additions of Marc Guehi, Joachim Andersen, Odsonne Édouard, Will Hughes and Conor Gallagher for a total of £54million was a masterstroke that steered Palace into the fold. modern era.

Liverpool only need two or three similarly thought out, smart transfer moves, with one or two players moved to make room, but the difference it can make in rejuvenating a squad is clear.

While Crystal Palace would normally never be a club that Liverpool could look up to in the transfer market, there is no doubt that after last summer their reputation has completely changed.

Liverpool will no longer spend £170m this summer, but it is absolutely essential to pull a leaf from Palace’s book and spend some talent wisely now and in the future.

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