The resident Kopites in the Transfer Tavern have been extremely impressed by their club’s progress in recent weeks, and they believe that a title-challenge could be on the cards next season with a handful of key additions to their squad.
Despite the fact Liverpool lost arguably their star player in January to Barcelona, the club seem to be moving in the right direction of late. The front-three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah continue to dazzle opposition defences with their electrifying pace and flair on the break, while their frequently criticised defence has vastly improved since the arrival of Virgil Van Dijk.
The Reds’ recent form has enabled them to strengthen their grip on the top-four, and even defeat the league-leaders Manchester City in a thrilling encounter at Anfield back in January. Liverpool’s performance against the champions-elect proved that they have the quality and mentality to beat anybody on their day – a fact which should give them the confidence to go toe to toe with Man City for the league title next season.
However, Liverpool need to have the ability to compete with Guardiola’s City slickers in the transfer market as well as on the pitch if they wish to reach the standard they have set this year. With that being said, Jurgen Klopp should rival City’s bid for Leicester City’s Harry Maguire (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) this summer in an attempt to bolster his defensive options.
According to The Sun, Maguire is set to snub City’s efforts to sign him and commit his future to The Foxes, but his mind surely could be swayed by the potential of a move to Liverpool. Maguire has been one of the standout defenders in the Premier League this season, and he was rewarded for his fine form by Gareth Southgate who handed him his first England cap in a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at the end of 2017.
The arrival of Van Dijk has undoubtedly strengthened Liverpool’s defensive unit, but that does not suggest that Klopp should not be exploring the possibility of adding another quality centre-back to his ranks. Strength in depth will be key to Liverpool’s title-challenge next year, so Klopp should do everything he can to bring Maguire to Anfield next summer if he wants to enhance his chances of winning his first ever Premier League title.