After missing out on Nabil Fekir, Liverpool have added to their already devastating attacking trident by bringing Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield from relegated Stoke City.
The Reds have capitalised on this opportunity to strengthen their squad by meeting the release clause for the Swiss international, and there is no doubt this is the right move for both parties.
In order to challenge for a Premier League title, squad depth is required. At the majority of top six clubs, each name on the team sheet is likely to have someone in that position either on the bench or in the squad that can come in to replace them and do a more than competent job.
However, in Liverpool’s case, the same can’t be said of recent times. That is largely due to the somewhat inept squad Jurgen Klopp inherited in terms of challenging for domestic silverware. It is only this season, that sufficient depth is being added to areas that require it.
For example, the incomings of Fabinho and Naby Keita provide not only midfield cover for the plethora of options, yet they also offer stern competition for places with the new pair both likely to start on the first day of the season.
The same goes for the forward trio; Sadio Mane; Roberto Firmino; and Mohamed Salah. When looking at the forward options past that trident; Danny Ings; Dominic Solanke; and Ben Woodburn are the main names that crop up.
The latter two of the replacements clearly have the potential to go far, but the ability to come straight into the side when required and to perform at a high level is something that is presented by Shaqiri, providing not only creativity but also his clinical nature in front of goal, reflected by seven assists and eight goals in the Premier League last year. It’s this experience that hands him the advantage over the other forwards.
Liverpool’s business so far this window displays that they are willing to splash the cash and have identified that in order to challenge on all fronts, remarkable squad depth is required. FSG have certainly shown they’re happy to back Jurgen Klopp, who looks to be learning from his mistakes in not filling the squad out last season.