Liverpool’s end to the summer transfer window was uneventful with no late arrivals at Anfield.
The Reds completed the majority of their business in the early weeks of the transfer window with Jurgen Klopp placing massive importance on pre-season. Liverpool spent £170m to bring Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker to Merseyside this summer as they look to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League. Despite their excellent business, many fans feel the club have signed a number ten to replace Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian left for Barcelona in January with Liverpool receiving £140m for their prized asset. The Reds performed better without the playmaker in the side, but Klopp still wanted a new offensive midfielder. That man was to be Nabil Fekir. The World Cup winner seemed destined for Anfield after a £52m fee was agreed. However, the deal was scrapped after concerns were raised about a previous knee injury which forced Liverpool to pull out of the deal. There was to be no late move for the playmaker in the final week of the transfer window.
In his absence, Georginio Wijnaldum could be the man Klopp looks to. The Dutchman was a crucial player for the Reds last year, helping them achieve a top-four finish and reach the Champions League final. The former Newcastle man has been used in a more advanced role in pre-season alongside Keita and has flourished. The Netherlands international scored against Torino to force his way into Klopp’s plans for their Premier League opener against West Ham on Sunday.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out for the season and Adam Lallana struggling for fitness again, there is a huge weight on Wijnaldum’s shoulders to carry the creative burden left by Coutinho. He enjoyed his best campaign to date in an advanced role with Newcastle and Klopp may seek to use him there again.
Liverpool fans, thoughts?