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Who would you buy?

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I usually enjoy the transfer and squad prediction stuff but not at the moment (end of the season / fighting for two trophies). I have no idea what Klopp will do in the summer and tbh i couldn't care less atm.

'FIFA Manager fans' might disagree but - Mr. Klopp win us the double and i'd be 100% ok with not bringing in new players and filling in the squad places with our young talents.
Pretty confident that the club have already sorted at least one new arrival. But you're right, far more important things for us (fans) to think about at the moment.
 

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I'm barely active in this thread any more, I realised some time ago that Klopp and Edwards have this transfer lark figured out and I don't really have anything to add they won't have already thought of, and whoever is brought in I have absolute confidence they will be the right player for the chosen role.

It's taken some of the fun out of it, actually lol
 

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I'm barely active in this thread any more, I realised some time ago that Klopp and Edwards have this transfer lark figured out and I don't really have anything to add they won't have already thought of, and whoever is brought in I have absolute confidence they will be the right player for the chosen role.

It's taken some of the fun out of it, actually lol
It feels sort of weird to have that sort of confidence in the club doesn't it? I wonder if this is how it felt under John Smith, Peter Robinson and Shanks, Paisley, Fagan and Dalglish?
 

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I'm barely active in this thread any more, I realised some time ago that Klopp and Edwards have this transfer lark figured out and I don't really have anything to add they won't have already thought of, and whoever is brought in I have absolute confidence they will be the right player for the chosen role.

It's taken some of the fun out of it, actually lol
Tbf, it's not like Klopp and Edwards were cruising this thread for ideas. lol
 

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Tbf, it's not like Klopp and Edwards were cruising this thread for ideas. lol
No, but what I mean is I don't feel the need to write long posts about we should sign this or that player and analysing their performances and suitability for the team... because I know whatever business the club needs to do will already be well in hand.

It's a nice position to be in. My brain has actually got a bit lazy when it comes to available or desirable players as a result. I probably know less about non-LFC players now than at any time since I started following football.
 
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Pretty confident that the club have already sorted at least one new arrival. But you're right, far more important things for us (fans) to think about at the moment.
Yeah, we know Klopp likes business done early for training purposes but I think the club have also hit on a strategy to keep fans buzzing by being able to announce at least one new signing immediately after the season ends - the Fabinho deal definitely helped lessen the impact of the champions league final result. It would equally amplify feelings if we go one step further this season.
 

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Yeah, we know Klopp likes business done early for training purposes but I think the club have also hit on a strategy to keep fans buzzing by being able to announce at least one new signing immediately after the season ends - the Fabinho deal definitely helped lessen the impact of the champions league final result. It would equally amplify feelings if we go one step further this season.
So IF we lose out in both the league and CL, we’ll have the consolation of Mbappé being announced on 2nd June?

Like it.
 

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At the start of the season yes. There are worse players we could go for.

Now I don’t know tbh. I‘m pretty sure we will bring in just one attacking player (AM, CF, AW) in the summer. That one has to be chosen wisely.
 

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No-one needed in midfield. Not now with how Naby and Fab have come on and Hendo's new level and role. Ox coming back is still a wait and see. Shaqs will need to get scorer points a lot more regularly to keep his place on the subs bench even.
Replacements for squad players leaving us. Hopefully only a centre back for Dejan whose time has run. Brewster and/or a loan returner for Studge's place. Kloppo might surprise me though and it won't be such a quiet summer.
Oh yeah a second goalie. A German preferably.
 

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Looking like we've settled on 433 so exploring the midfield I think next season we will see;

Number 6; Fabinho, Wijnaldum cover, Henderson emergency cover.

More balanced number 8; Anyone from Henderson, Keita, Wijnaldum and even Milner if still around.

More offensive number 8; Ox is still the main man. Keita and Henderson have been showing more and more though so less reason for reinforcements. Think Wilson (hopefully), Jones/other academy kids and maybe Shaqiri could all give an option here from time to time.

Think Grujic can either stay on loan another year or move on if that's what he wants. Unless someone leaves there's likely no room for him for at least a couple of seasons. Milner, if he stays, is more likely to get game time at fullback.
 

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Looking like we've settled on 433 so exploring the midfield I think next season we will see;

Number 6; Fabinho, Wijnaldum cover, Henderson emergency cover.

More balanced number 8; Anyone from Henderson, Keita, Wijnaldum and even Milner if still around.

More offensive number 8; Ox is still the main man. Keita and Henderson have been showing more and more though so less reason for reinforcements. Think Wilson (hopefully), Jones/other academy kids and maybe Shaqiri could all give an option here from time to time.

Think Grujic can either stay on loan another year or move on if that's what he wants. Unless someone leaves there's likely no room for him for at least a couple of seasons. Milner, if he stays, is more likely to get game time at fullback.
Small sample size but you'd have to think if Oxlade continues to stay fit and have no adverse reaction from his injuries he will be a huge part of the team. Didn't seem to have lost any of his agility, pace etc. The quick feet he showed to get the chance was like him last year when he was a dominant force from center midfield driving into the box.

Still think we are nailed on to sign Sessegnon, just can't see a downside to that transfer.
 

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It's difficult to know exactly what we need when we don't know who will go out the door. I think it will be difficult to bring players in who can go straight in to the first eleven.

Personally I think we need to get a full back in for cover, and two attacking players - one who can provide cover for Firmino and one who can provide cover for Mane and Salah. Getting players of the same level for those positions as the players in them will be nigh on impossible but I've every faith Klopp can do it. I think Mingolet will be on his way so we also need cover at GK.

I've been really impressed with Matip recently and so I'd be more than happy to go with VVD, Matip, Gomez and Lovren as our CBs. Think that is as good as anything in the league.

Agree with others that Fabinho and Keita are starting to show signs of the players we thought we were buying. Ox showed glimpses last night that he'll still be the player he was before he got injured. That's like a new signing. With Gini, Henderson, Shaqiri, Milner and possibly Lallana there as well we look pretty well covered in the middle of the park.

Don't think big changes are needed now, it's about buying quality and getting in the right fit.

Fingers crossed results go out way in the next few weeks but either way, it's been a brilliant season and the team has given us so much enjoyment.

This season hasn't finished yet but I can hardly wait for next season already.
 

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I find it interesting that neither Matip, nor Wijnaldum are getting a new contract - that said, I think only Wijnaldum made remarks about wanting to stay at Liverpool. I'm more and more convinced that Matip will leave the same way he arrived - as a free agent. That combined with Gomez' and Lovren's fitness issues makes me think that Klopp will be looking to sign a new centre back this very summer, with Lovren probably being sold while they can still get decent money for him.
 

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Huh?

Both of them will definitely get an offer.
I haven't read literally any rumour about them being offered new contracts - even Origi was unreliably rumoured to be getting an offer from the club. Maybe I'm reading too much into it but Klopp and Edwards usually like to tie down players earlier. Judging by their performances with respect to the role they have in this squad, I'd be surprised if these two didn't get them but I also think that Matip is more likely to run down his current contract and play regularly somewhere else. Again, it's just a feeling, we'll see.
 

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I think it's clear that Origi and Sturridge offer no real genuine rotation up front, at anywhere near the level of the first choice front three.

For all the protestations about forward players not wanting to come to be a bench player, and the front three wanting to start most matches, we simply have to ensure we aren't so heavily reliant on their fitness next season in order to challenge.

If we continue to play the front three as much as we have, they will start to experience injuries. Muscle tears and tendon/ligament strains come from not getting enough recovery and rest.

Hopefully we don't accrue a number of further injuries during that three matches in six days sequence.

City have six genuine options to rotate forwards and still field a side of an extremely high level, we need to ensure we have a situation nearer to that than we currently have.

If we do this partly by signing a quality 4th forward and partly by swapping out Lallana for a versatile midfielder come forward (Fekir type) that's fine by me.

For me the squad needs to be at least 20 senior outfield players. The squad is arguably 22 senior outfield players, including Grujic (given that he's valued at £35m apparently and a definite option to bring back) and Clyne. Ings is subject to a compulsory purchase contract, so is already gone.

You'd expect 8 of those to be defenders and 12 to be midfielders/forwards.

Sturridge and Moreno should be certain departures, they are very little use, whilst Origi and Lallana should also really be on their way. You also can't see Clyne staying, as he wouldn't play much ahead of TAA and Gomez (or even Milner). It seems that the club will cash in on Grujic, which is a shame as he looks like a perfect versatile midfielder in the making. Midfield is a little overloaded though, so you can make sense of his departure.

I doubt we'll sell Shaqiri after just one season, and I think Milner should be kept for the final year of his contract due to his experience and versatility.

Then of course there's the centre back issue to consider, given the overreliance on VVD and the injury prone nature of three of them.

If the six aforementioned players leave (Sturridge, Moreno, Origi, Lallana, Clyne, Grujic), that leaves a senior outfield squad of 16 - TAA, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, VVD, Robertson, Hendo, Fab, Gini, Milner, Keita, Shaqiri, Oxlade, Bobby, Mo, Mane.

To me that looks a couple of defenders short, a forward short and a versatile midfielder come forward short.

Perhaps those positions can be filled by a left sided defender who can play left centre back and left back, an attacking midfielder who can play as a forward, a 4th quality forward, and a left sided player who can play full back or left forward.

I'm not sure if Fekir or Sessignon fit the bill for two of those slots, but I'd love to see players like them arrive along with a left sided defender proper (don't know of any myself) and whatever quality 4th forward the club has identified.
 

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I haven't read literally any rumour about them being offered new contracts - even Origi was unreliably rumoured to be getting an offer from the club. Maybe I'm reading too much into it but Klopp and Edwards usually like to tie down players earlier. Judging by their performances with respect to the role they have in this squad, I'd be surprised if these two didn't get them but I also think that Matip is more likely to run down his current contract and play regularly somewhere else. Again, it's just a feeling, we'll see.
Gini has two years left to run and has played 42 times this season, it is inconceivable that he doesn't get offered a new deal but there's no rush.

Matip may choose to run his contract down but he'll get offered a deal for sure, his performances have warranted it and it makes financial sense if nothing else.

Even Moreno was offered an extension...
 

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If Wilson impresses in pre-season I can see us selling Shaqiri as we'll be able to make a decent return on him and if we're going to give Wilson chances Shaqiri will hardly make a matchday squad. With that money we could effectively go after his equivalent on the other side, Ryan Fraser. He's entering the last year of his contract and would probably be available for roughly what we'd get for Shaqiri (or less) and could be a good option to rotate/rest Mane as appropriate.

Whether we move for someone like Werner will, I think, be dependent on how close the club feels Brewster is to offering a genuine option up front. I'd guess he's still at least a year away so think some time with the U23 for the first half of next season with the opportunity to promote regularly to the first team matchday squads or go out on loan considered next January depending on how he's got on in the first half of next season.

Of course, if we got Brandt then no need for Fraser.

I still would like to see more creativity from central midfield but perhaps Oxlade-Chamberlain's dynamism will provide that spark (fingers crossed).

Then it's a matter of adding cover at full back. Could Larouci provide that from the left, Hoever or Camacho from the right? If we can cover it using the academy then perfect.

As for CB, it depends upon whether we're selling either or both of Lovren and Matip. Would love to sign de Ligt. I'm worried about the amount of games van Dijk has had to play for us this year. If he got injured we'd be significantly weaker so would love to have three top class CBs we could use in rotation (Gomez, VvD and de Ligt).

Gk, don't see any reason to change this set up. We've got a few good prospects coming through so apart from selling Karius I wouldn't do anything else.

So maybe, for me, Werner, Brandt/Fraser, de Ligt is about all I'd do. If the opportunity was there to get someone like Havertz you'd have to take it. We'd certainly have the funds to do that if the chance arose.
 

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We will most likely replace the three senior players we will lose in Sturridge, Moreno and Origi. I would be very surprised if we don't get in a LB, a WF/ST and an AM. Maybe a GK but I could see Mignolet staying.
 

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I can't see much happening at the back during the summer,maybe a young LB to cover Robertson at times and a back up keeper (if Mignolet leaves).

Promote Rhian Brewster and bring in Houssem Aouar (£45mill) Nicolas Pepe (£40mill) Timo Werner (£40mill) would cover our midfield and deepen our attacking options,to rest our front 3 - £125mill

We've sold Ings £20mill and Solanke £19mill,sell Grujic £25mill+,Kent £10mill,Lallana £10mill,Origi £20mill +£104mill
 

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I think it's clear that Origi and Sturridge offer no real genuine rotation up front, at anywhere near the level of the first choice front three.

For all the protestations about forward players not wanting to come to be a bench player, and the front three wanting to start most matches, we simply have to ensure we aren't so heavily reliant on their fitness next season in order to challenge.

If we continue to play the front three as much as we have, they will start to experience injuries. Muscle tears and tendon/ligament strains come from not getting enough recovery and rest.

Hopefully we don't accrue a number of further injuries during that three matches in six days sequence.

City have six genuine options to rotate forwards and still field a side of an extremely high level, we need to ensure we have a situation nearer to that than we currently have.

If we do this partly by signing a quality 4th forward and partly by swapping out Lallana for a versatile midfielder come forward (Fekir type) that's fine by me.

For me the squad needs to be at least 20 senior outfield players. The squad is arguably 22 senior outfield players, including Grujic (given that he's valued at £35m apparently and a definite option to bring back) and Clyne. Ings is subject to a compulsory purchase contract, so is already gone.

You'd expect 8 of those to be defenders and 12 to be midfielders/forwards.

Sturridge and Moreno should be certain departures, they are very little use, whilst Origi and Lallana should also really be on their way. You also can't see Clyne staying, as he wouldn't play much ahead of TAA and Gomez (or even Milner). It seems that the club will cash in on Grujic, which is a shame as he looks like a perfect versatile midfielder in the making. Midfield is a little overloaded though, so you can make sense of his departure.

I doubt we'll sell Shaqiri after just one season, and I think Milner should be kept for the final year of his contract due to his experience and versatility.

Then of course there's the centre back issue to consider, given the overreliance on VVD and the injury prone nature of three of them.

If the six aforementioned players leave (Sturridge, Moreno, Origi, Lallana, Clyne, Grujic), that leaves a senior outfield squad of 16 - TAA, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, VVD, Robertson, Hendo, Fab, Gini, Milner, Keita, Shaqiri, Oxlade, Bobby, Mo, Mane.

To me that looks a couple of defenders short, a forward short and a versatile midfielder come forward short.

Perhaps those positions can be filled by a left sided defender who can play left centre back and left back, an attacking midfielder who can play as a forward, a 4th quality forward, and a left sided player who can play full back or left forward.

I'm not sure if Fekir or Sessignon fit the bill for two of those slots, but I'd love to see players like them arrive along with a left sided defender proper (don't know of any myself) and whatever quality 4th forward the club has identified.
Mane, Salah and Keita are playing in the Africa Cup of Nations this summer so that might take its toll as well.
 

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What do the German lads on here think of Yussuf Poulsen?

Werner appears to be extremely highly rated for reasons that evade me but Poulsen's record this year is slightly better, and from what I've read he has a strong work rate too. Also seen Werner say Poulsen is good for him becomes he likes to compete for the ball, which he admits he doesn't.

Also looks a bit like Van Dijk too which is no bad thing.

Haller is another player who doesn't get talked about but the Frankfurt fan I was chatting with the other week said he was one of their best players.
 

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For all the protestations about forward players not wanting to come to be a bench player, and the front three wanting to start most matches, we simply have to ensure we aren't so heavily reliant on their fitness next season in order to challenge.
Agreed, but I think the secret to this depth is buying flexibility.

Shaqiri and Oxlade-Chamberlain can both play in midfield or drop into the wide forward positions. I think we need another genuine forward, like Hudson-Adoi, and someone like Brandt or Fekir, who can either.
 

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@ILLOK, I'm not a big fan of Poulsen, for what it's worth. Decent player, deceptively mobile for a striker so tall but I don't think he's the link-up forward Klopp wants, nor a clinical goalscorer, even if his numbers are good this season. I don't think he'd challenge any of Klopp's current forwards for starting spots, even though his height would add a different dimension to this front line.
 

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Agreed, but I think the secret to this depth is buying flexibility.

Shaqiri and Oxlade-Chamberlain can both play in midfield or drop into the wide forward positions. I think we need another genuine forward, like Hudson-Adoi, and someone like Brandt or Fekir, who can either.
I dont think they can, at least not without changing the entire shape and dynamics. When we play 3 up top, we're essentially playing with 3 strikers. Mane's first today is a great example. Not only was Mane's positioning that of a striker, but it is that tendency to vacate the wing that gives Robbo the space to contribute so much in the final third.

I think there is something to be said for bringing in an old fashioned chalk on the boots old fashioned wide man for the sake of versatility of approach, but I think if we bring someone in to supplement/challenge the front three it has to be someone who plays that role like a striker. For all of Ox's and Shaq's qualities, that isnt really them.
 

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Origi and Sturridge out, invest in Federico Chiesa and maybe another pacy wide man, we'll be a lot stronger for it.