Jurgen Klopp has earlier hinted his reluctance of spending big this summer.
After a disappointing end to the Premier League, Liverpool have ended the season in a high by winning the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp and his men defeated Tottenham 1-0 to lift the famous European trophy. It was Jurgen Klopp’s first trophy as a Liverpool manager. The trophy should be a hint of what to expect from Liverpool next season. With Premier League title to aim for next season, Liverpool are likely to invest in these two areas.
Despite a superb season that saw them win the Champions League and narrowly miss out on the Premier League title, Goal claims Jurgen Klopp wants a new goalkeeper and a back-up full-back to act as understudy to Alisson.
Klopp has been linked with a move for Neil Etheridge who was relegated with Cardiff last season.
Current No 2 Simon Mignolet is set to leave in the summer, while Loris Karius will stay on loan at Besiktas next term.
Specific names in the full-back position are yet to emerge but they do lack competition for Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Alberto Moreno will leave when his contract expires on June 30 and while Nathaniel Clyne is the natural choice as a second choice right-back, he spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and his future remains uncertain.
Klopp has warned fans not expect another summer of big spending and says he is more concerned with improving the players he already has.
This time last year, Liverpool were working on deals to sign Fabinho, Alisson and Xherdan Shaqiri and the capture of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig had already been confirmed.
Liverpool are also set to benefit from an improved loan strategy, which has allowed younger players to gather experience and create value by performing elsewhere. The likes of Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent, Marko Grujic, Herbie Kane and Taiwo Awoniyi have put themselves in the frame for big moves this summer, whether on loan or permanent. Liverpool will, if needed, be able to raise significant transfer funds that way.
It is not expected to be a huge summer of spending, mind. More than £170m ($216m) was committed last summer, but the word this time around is that it will be about fine-tuning more than anything else. A back-up full-back, for example, will be needed, and probably a goalkeeper too. In an ideal world, Klopp would add a young, pacy, multi-functional forward player too. If Liverpool lacked anything this season, it was an extra game-changer from the bench.
The good news is that the club’s recruitment team, led by sporting director Michael Edwards, continues to deliver. The Reds’ transfer record in recent years is as good as any.
Liverpool should also look to sign a striker and a second fiddle to the likes of Salah and Mane. Anfield is now a destination for players, rather than a stop-off point. From worrying about key men leaving, Liverpool can now attract anyone. They don’t need much of a sales pitch these days.