Still a while until our next match, so may as well start up another discussion in the meantime. It sounds like the club is already turning its attention towards the summer window and beginning work on identifying the signings required. So, my question to the TIA community would be, what in your mind would it take for you to consider it as a good summer? There might even be different levels at play - ie this for an average summer, this as well for a good summer, and these as well for a great summer... Feel free to talk about other areas as well as signings, and with signings feel free to either name names or just the type of players we should be looking at. For me, I think there's a lot to be achieved for me to consider it a good summer, but at the same time I think it can be done if we put our minds to it. The first thing to think about is trimming the deadwood, freeing up wages and squad places. For me, that's finding new clubs for: - Daniel Sturridge - sorry Dan, you were awesome at your peak but just look like a slow, stroppy, ineffective shadow of yourself. Time to move on and free up something like £150k p/w on wages. - Danny Ings - I think some, even many, may disagree here. But while I like what I've seen from Danny, his knees appear to be shot, with something like four serious injuries there in the past five or so seasons. Even if it's bad luck as opposed to something chronic, the sheer volume of serious injuries to the same joints makes me doubt whether he'll ever fulfill his potential. It's a crying shame, but I think we should move on. - Lucas - he's been a good club servant (not a legend though, imo), but time for a parting of the ways. - Simon Mignolet - he's never getting better than he is now, which is not reliable enough for a no1, whereas at least Karius is young and may yet improve. - Alberto Moreno - I think he was given an extra year as Klopp wasn't sure if he could do anything with him, but surely by now he's made up his mind on that score. Get rid. - Dejan Lovren - he's ok, mostly solid with a few howlers here and there. But I think we can and should do better. - Lazar Markovic - I think he's gone anyway, so not much to add here. - Assorted kids and senior loanees - Manninger, Sakho, Bogdan (yes, he's still here), Wisdom (ditto), Randall (TAA already much better). So in this 'great summer' scenario, that's 12 senior(ish) players sold/released. Manninger may stay as part of the coaching team, though, which is fine. There may be other kids lower down the pecking order to go to, but a) I'm not the most qualified to comment on those and b) they're not that important for a discussion of changes to the senior squad. So, after outgoings, that gives us a squad, not taking into account any registration quotas, for 2017/8 that looks like this: Goal: Karius, Ward Def: Clyne, Matip, Gomez, Klavan, Milner, TAA, Flanno Mid: Hendo, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Can (I'd give him another season to push on), Stewart, Grujic, Ejaria Forwards: Coutinho, Mane, Firmino, Origi, Ojo, Woodburn, Kent Those I've highlighted are basically cover, and some may even go out on loan. That leaves us 14 senior players, with 9-10 kids who'll fill in here and there as required, but shouldn't be relied on for extended periods. That brings us to part 2 of 'great summer' scenario, which is new signings. Clearly if those players are sold, there's gaps to be filled. Primarily: - Keeper: Klopp needs to decide whether to gamble on Karius as no1, in which case a dependable no2 is required, otherwise we need an excellent no1 which will mean Karius developing out of the spotlight for the most part. - Defence: RB should be sorted between Clyne, TAA and Flanno, if he's kept on. Our two priorities here are a strong, perhaps fairly young, CB to be first-choice alongside Matip, and a left-back. More than happy for Milner to be first-choice again here, in which case we'll need a high-potential youngster to cover him and learn the ropes for the next season or two before replacing him. - Midfield: Our first choices are good, but behind those three is basically zero depth. I'd be looking for a deeper-lying anchor/playmaker who can provide depth for Hendo, and a more box-to-box type who can rotate with Lallana and Gini. Dahoud could be a good shout for the latter. - Forwards: A striker and a quick, creative wideman with an eye for goal as well. Bonus points if he can operate on both flanks. For the former it must be someone who's prepared to work hard. For the latter, I like the look of Brandt. So that's a total of 7 incomings - keeper, CB, LB, DM/CM, CM, winger, striker. Gives us 21 senior players for a season with Europe to contend with, which should be workable, plus a good number of kids providing further depth beyond that. Other 'great summer' scenario points would be: - bringing in a capable new CEO who Klopp can work with in harmony - full preseason for all players, no major injuries that disrupt things - no annoying speculation about Coutinho, Klopp and Doris the tea lady being wanted by Barcelona - hang on to all the players we want to keep. IF (maybe a big if) we can accomplish all of the above, I think we'd be in a great position to compete next season.