Woohoo, the summer transfer window is now in full swing and Liverpool, much to the disgust of their fans, have made one signing: Dominic Solanke.
Who I hear you ask?
Only the player of the tournament in the recent U-20 World Cup.
Hardly the start to the window fans were expecting, when you consider Virgil Van Dijk was a done deal a few weeks ago and was expected to be doing The Lean instead of promoting the new Southampton kit.
Mohamed Salah was another deal allegedly done weeks ago, and was going to be the second player this summer arriving at Melwood for a check up.
Neither deal has happened yet, much to the frustration and annoyance of Liverpool fans.
Let us get realistic here for a while: ink never refuses paper so don’t believe what you read in the press.
If you do, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment because Liverpool are signing every world class attacker available from Kylian Mbappe to Alexandre Lacazette. It is simply not going to happen. Get over it.
First and foremost FSG are businessmen. Boo! Hiss! I hear you say. They are not going to blow massive money on a player who could turn out to be another Andy Carroll or Stewart Downing.
No, they are going to try to pick and choose from the world’s best young talent and allow Jürgen Klopp the time to develop them in to world beaters before selling them on for a massive profit in a few years time.
Again according to the tabloids, Klopp has been promised £150m to spend this summer. While I would like to think this will mean that Liverpool will have a negative net spend at the end of the transfer window, I am more realistic, and know that Klopp will have to sell before he can buy. It’s the Liverpool way.
Again this does not annoy or upset me as a Liverpool fan. This is something I have come to expect and accept over the last seven years with FSG at the helm.
Liverpool are never going to be able to compete with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, or Arsenal when it comes to buying world class players, but having Klopp in Liverpool’s corner is better than spending £100 million on Mbappe or £70 million on Patrick Aubameyang.
Liverpool are more likely to buy young talent from either the UK or Europe than spend millions on an established player.
Young talent that Klopp can inspire and develop as he did at Borussia Dortmund and Mainz.
With this in mind, not every young player is going to turn out to be an Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or a Marco Reus. Most will turn out to be an Andriy Vorinin or a David N’Gog.
But if there’s potential there, then Klopp will bring it to the fore and the player will quickly learn that you’re either good enough or you’re not, and if you’re not than it’s auf wiedersehen.
Of course there are areas Liverpool need to invest in, and I’m hoping Klopp sees what every fan saw last season and addresses the areas in the team that are deficient.
If you follow @PodcastingCouch on twitter, he put up a tweet of the team fans can expect to line out against Watford come next season, the team went something like this;
For me that team would be the stuff of dreams and meet all my expectations except for two positions, Karius in goal for me, and Alexander Arnold at right back.
Being the realist that I am, I expect the Liverpool team next season to be something like this;
The only change to the first team being Salah coming in to allow Coutinho drop back into a midfield diamond.
I’m under no illusions that players will come in, but I’m also under no illusions that those that come in will be first team starters.
They’ll be squad players that will be used as back up to the first team along with the youngsters already at the club, as Klopp tries to balance his team for competing on four fronts next season.