Liverpool could still make an attacking signing if certain players leave in the summer transfer window, according to The Athletic‘s James Pearce.
The Lowdown: Quiet summer at Liverpool
While the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have spent big this summer, the Reds have had a low-key window.
Ibrahima Konate remains Liverpool’s only new signing, while Gini Wijnaldum is yet to be replaced after his move to Paris Saint-Germain.
It remains to be seen whether any news faces will be brought in, but Pearce has given an update on the current situation.
The Latest: Pearce provides key update
Speaking in a Q&A for The Athletic after Liverpool’s 3-0 win away to Norwich on Saturday, the journalist said that Xherdan Shaqiri or Divock Origi leaving could lead to some transfer activity, particularly if the latter moves on. He outlined:
“As I’ve written a few times it all depends what happens with outgoings. If Shaqiri and Origi both leave then I’d expect LFC to bring in an attacker. I asked Klopp about the midfield yesterday and he’s adamant he has enough cover.
“With AFCON on the horizon, I do think the squad needs another Jota type signing. My info is that if as expected Shaqiri goes he’s unlikely to be directly replaced as they see Elliott having his minutes. If Origi left too then I think LFC would be active in the market.”
The Verdict: One more addition needed
Liverpool’s squad looks strong, as shown by them beating Norwich comfortably without Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Roberto Firmino starting, but a new signing would still be welcome.
Greater attacking depth would help ease the workload of the current players, giving Jurgen Klopp extra options in the final third throughout the season.
It is slightly frustrating that Wijnaldum seemingly won’t be replaced, but if Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stay fit, that issue will be somewhat alleviated.
In other news, some Liverpool fans have been critical of some recent Jurgen Klopp comments. Read more here.
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