So far Liverpool have experienced a rather frustrating transfer market. Teams like Manchester City and United have spent big this summer buying the likes of Lukaku, Matic, Mendy, Walker and Bernardo Silva. It felt at times like Liverpool were struggling to keep up with these teams and land their summer targets. The Reds have so far signed Mohamed Salah from Roma, Andy Robertson from Hull and Dominic Solanke from Chelsea. These three players have been impressive so far, and money well spent. However, with only a few days left of the transfer window, Liverpool desperately need a few more big signings, especially if Phillipe Coutinho gets his way and completes his move to Barcelona.
- Phillipe Coutinho
I don’t think anybody really knows what will happen with Coutinho this summer. The Brazilian has handed in his transfer request and made it very clear that he wants to move away from Anfield. Liverpool, however, have said that they will not be selling him under any circumstances. Where does that leave the club then? Either we will be keeping a player that doesn’t want to play for us or we cash in the £120 million and lose our best player. There isn’t really a positive outcome for Liverpool, unless Coutinho has a change of heart and decides to give it another season at Anfield. Either way, Liverpool have done rather well without him so far this season, which bodes well if he does decide to leave.
- Naby Keita
Liverpool have been linked with Naby Keita all summer and it looks as though they have finally got their man! Sky Sports have announced today that he will be coming to Anfield next summer for a club record fee. This of course doesn’t help us if Coutinho decides to leave but it is at least an exciting prospect for next season. Keita is a great option as he can play box to box and may help us to strengthen up in front of the back 4. After all this drama with Leipzig this summer they have finally come to an agreement to sell him. About time!
- Alex Oxlaide Chamberlain
I was all ready to write about our interest in the Ox and how he would be a great signing for Liverpool if we could pull it off, however Sky Sports have just announced that he has agreed to join Chelsea. This may be a blessing in disguise as he wasn’t really a player that we needed. Our wide areas are pretty much covered this season with Mane and Salah and we have plenty of cover in the midfield area so paying a massive fee for a player we didn’t really require would have been questionable. A fantastic player though who should fit in well as a wing back in the Chelsea team.
- Thomas Lemar
Reports today have surfaced that Liverpool have put in a £55.5 million bid in for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar. This is a player that was on the radar of Arsenal earlier in the transfer window but Monaco refused to sell him. It seems that they have changed their minds and may be willing to sell the midfielder to us instead. This must be a kick in the teeth for Arsenal fans especially after we just thrashed them 4-0 at Anfield! Lemar is a left footed midfielder who could play on the left side of our middle three, potentially taking the place of either Emre Can or Gini Wijnaldum, who have both been superb the last few games. It would be another good option in midfield. Lemar is still young but has a lot of potential and would be an exciting signing for the fans.
- Virgil Van Dijk
This is a transfer that has frustrated Liverpool all summer long! At the beginning it looked like we would be signing the defender from Southampton. Then the drama came along about Klopp speaking to him against the rules and the deal looked to be off the table after the club were forced to apologise to the Saints. It later surfaced that Van Dijk handed in a transfer request and told his club that he wanted to make the move to Anfield. This potential transfer has been like a soap opera and nobody really knows what will happen come Thursday’s deadline. Maybe he will sign, maybe he won’t. It’s safe to say however that Virgil Van Dijk is a player that Liverpool desperately need if they are to challenge for major honours this season. We need a leader at the back who will command the game and steady us at set pieces. A potential future captain maybe?
Only time will tell whether these transfers will go ahead or not. The best case scenario will be that Coutinho stays, Van Dijk signs and Lemar comes in. That would be good business for Liverpool and will give us such a strong squad for us to compete in all four competitions. Lets see what the team looks like come Thursday evening.
Leave your comments below with which transfers you think will happen and whether you think Coutinho will stay or leave.