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Liverpool’s perfect July: Alisson joins the club, van Dijk finally gets a top class partner – opinion

Liverpool have had a brilliant few months, it’s safe to say. From securing a top-four spot in the Premier League, to making it to the Champions League final, to starting off the summer with a bang by signing Fabinho – it couldn’t have gone much better for the club. Indeed, it’s pretty clear that something great is happening on Merseyside, and Jurgen Klopp is having a real impact.

In truth, it’s going to be tough to improve on last season in the coming year, but Liverpool have got to try. A Premier League title challenge will likely be wanted, but that will be a pretty big leap.

They must, then, continue to improve this summer, and the month of July could offer the perfect breeding ground for further success.

If Liverpool can have as much success in July as they did in May and June, they could be on to a winner next term.

But what would the perfect July look like? Would it include some signings? Let’s take a look…

Alisson Signs

Liverpool are reportedly ready to stick with Loris Karius this summer, but is that really the best idea?

The German has been inconsistent at best over the last year, and if the Reds really want to go to the next level, he needs to be replaced.

Alisson would be a sensational signing. He’s one of Europe’ss best, and he has impressed between the sticks for Brazil at the World Cup too.

An expensive choice, sure, but what a choice.

Van Dijk Partner Acquired

Virgil van Dijk has been sensational at Anfield since his arrival, but his defensive partners? Not so much.

The Dutchman has taken the Liverpool defence to the next level, but its rise is being stifled by a lack of quality.

Ahead of next season, Liverpool need to bring in a new defender to partner van Dijk at the back. If they’re able to do that, you could argue that their defence will be as strong as their unstoppable attack.

It won’t be easy or cheap, but it’s vital.

Striker Secured

Roberto Firmino did a fantastic job as Liverpool’s number nine last season, but it’s fair to say that he can’t be expected to lead the line long-term.

The Brazilian needs depth beyond him that can take his place occasionally, as if he continues to play every few days, he will inevitably get burnt out.

Daniel Sturridge, Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings aren’t cutting it, and so bringing in a top-class striker to help rival Firmino is essential.

Given Brazil’s World Cup run, Firmino could miss much of pre-season, and so this is so important for the Reds.

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