Ligalive looks at what the Reds need to do to retain the Premier League title
Despite winning the 2019/20 Premier League title in a record number of games, the Reds still need to strengthen key areas of their squad.
Liverpool need to strengthen on the left-hand side of their back four as they aim to prolong their dominance at the summit of English football.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have won the club’s first league title in three decades, but the lack of cover to full-back Andy Robertson is worrying for the Reds’ faithful as the club look for ways to retain the trophy for the first time in 30 years.
The Scotland national team captain has done wonders since his 8m move from relegated Hull City and is expected to be a vital part of this squad for years to come. However, what he himself may not deny is that the Reds simply do not have enough options to replace him in the event of an injury.
Liverpool’s scouting department will have to get inventive if they are to bring in a back up of the Scottish international. The backup won’t naturally be as good as Robertson has for Liverpool still but needs to be someone who could be an upgrade to the options the Reds already have on the bench.
The newly crowned Premier League champions almost did that when they tried to bring in Timo Werner last month, only for the coronavirus pandemic to take a hit at their finances and eliminate any chances of the former RB Leipzig forward moving to the Merseyside.
Problem for Liverpool as they try to navigate a tricky transfer market is that there aren’t many players boasting the same quality as Firmino, who would like to sit on their bench. Stars who score regularly demand game time week in week out, something Klopp cannot give to them at the time.
That leaves the Reds to look for a possible downgrade to Firmino – and while some Liverpool fans might think they already have one in Divock Origi, the Belgium international has shown in cameos this season why the Reds cannot rely on them to bail them out for long periods.
Despite the fantastic form Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have shown during their time at Anfield, the Reds shouldn’t tempt their luck by counting on the duo to have another injury-free season.
However, just as it would be the case for them in their search to find a suitable backup of Firmino, Liverpool won’t find it easy to find someone who could warm their bench as the likes of Salah and Mane play every week.
That leaves the Reds with two options. They could either try to sign a youngster from one of the lower sides across Europe, or they could bring in a talented star who might not be getting enough game time at his current club.
The Reds’ transfer strategy over the past few years indicates that they are more than likely to opt for the former option. One won’t be able to blame them if they take that decision as with Mane and Salah in such excellent form, there aren’t many players out there who could replace them in this Liverpool side.
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