Thu, 13 Aug 2020

The near misses of years past were all put to bed last week as Liverpool were officially crowned Premier League champions with seven matches still to play - one of the many new records that Jurgen Klopp's charges set.

before relegation-threatened Watford ended that run shortly before the coronavirus hit the globe.

This Liverpool side is special, littered with exceptionally talented individuals who have gelled together perfectly under Klopp this season.

Club chairperson Tom Werner warned Liverpool fans that the club could, however, have a quiet summer transfer period.

The current Liverpool squad might not need any tweaking, but complacency is something Klopp would want to avoid during the next campaign and perhaps signing one or two players could inject some added fuel to their back-to-back title quest.

Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are expected to leave on free transfers as their contracts expire while Dejan Lovren and Xherdan Shaqiri are reportedly on the list of players to be sold. Decisions also need to be made on Rhian Brewster, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic following their successful loan spells at Swansea City, Bournemouth and Hertha Berlin, respectively.

Liverpool also have a massive multi-year kit deal with Nike that is set to begin next season as the American sports apparel company takes over New Balance.

With the possible exit of the above-mentioned players and the Nike deal, Liverpool's finances are healthy and there will surely be spending power.

The Reds are rumoured to be interested in Wolves winger Adama Traore, Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara and star Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, but none of these players will be sold for less than Pound 50 million as their reported fees suggests. Meanwhile, Timo Werner, who was linked with a move to Anfield has joined rivals Chelsea instead.

Liverpool's last major signing was Alisson Becker in 2018 for Pound 66.8 million - a record fee at that time - and in January, earlier this year, Klopp matched Takumi Minamino's clause at a low price of Pound 7.25 million from Red Bull Salzburg.

The summer transfer window is expected to open around the end of July with the reported closure date set for the start of October, which gives Klopp enough time to scout around.

However, if Liverpool are not prepared to give Klopp a huge kitty, the club's academy players, namely Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Ki-Jana Hoever, Sepp van den Berg, Yasser Larouci, Leighton Clarkson and Jake Cain could make the jump to first-team action when needed.

Liverpool vs Premier League rivals

What could worry Klopp is that their nearest competitors, Manchester City, boast unrivalled financial power. Pep Guardiola's charges will certainly be fired up and with stars Leroy Sane (reportedly signing with Munich) and David Silva (out-of-contract) set to leave, he too will want some firepower via the summer transfer window.

Frank Lampard's project at Chelsea is also taking shape and they look ready to challenge for Premier League credentials next season. They have brought in Christian Pulisic (last year), Hakim Ziyech and Werner (joining next season) to accompany an already talented squad.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are also showing signs of a team that is growing in cohesion under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tutelage. Bruno Fernandes' arrival in January sparked new life into the Red Devils attack and their financial muscle could see the club bring in one or two players to assist their silverware quest.

What Klopp has over the rest of the Premier League top sides, though, is rhythm and if he does not make any signings, the Reds will without a doubt remain a threat.

Klopp, the first German manager to win a Premier League crown, has won back-to-back league titles before with Borussia Dortmund - 2010/11 and 2011/2012 - and he is capable of bringing that joy to Merseyside too.

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