Two Ins And Two Outs That Must Happen At Liverpool This Summer
Liverpool have had a decent first full season under manager Jurgen Klopp. After starting the campaign in a blistering manner, that saw them being considered as one of the front-runners for the Premier League title, it all fizzled out for the Reds since the turn of the year.
They now sit 3rd position in the league standings, level on points with 4th placed Manchester City and just a point ahead of Manchester United who are at 5th place. Liverpool have a battle on their hands to hold on to their UEFA Champions League qualification spot and Klopp will be hoping that his team show enough grit and determination, having lost several key players due to injuries.
The Merseysiders will be involved in European football next season, be it the Champions League or the Europa League and they will need to strengthen several key areas in their squad if they are to better their chances of challenging for the title next season. Plans for the summer transfer window are well underway, with Klopp identifying potential targets to sign. There might be quite a few players arriving at the Anfield over the summer, while few players may be sold as well.
Here are two transfer ins and outs that will happen at Liverpool in the summer:
This one is a definite exit in the summer window without a question. The Frenchman has fallen out of favour with Klopp and was made to play for the reserves before being sent out on loan to Crystal Palace in the winter window.
Sakho has been instrumental in turning around the Eagles’ season and has played a key role in their battle for survival in the top flight. He has emerged as a solid customer at the back and a leader on the field and has led Palace to wins over Chelsea and Arsenal among other teams with his excellent defensive showing. A recent injury seems to have ended his season, but Palace remain interested in signing him on a permanent deal.
Liverpool have lacked the solidity in their backline this season and Sakho would have been a perfect solution for their defensive woes. But Klopp seems reluctant to use him and will be shipping him out in the summer.
The Spaniard has had to make do with warming the benches this season with Klopp preferring to use James Milner as a makeshift left-back. As a result, Moreno has been restricted to just 17 appearances over the course of the season – only 2 of which have been Premier League starts.
The 24-year old seems to have lost the faith of the manager after his horror show in the finals of the UEFA Europa League last season and with Liverpool targeting multiple left-sided defenders for a summer move, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Moreno leave Liverpool, with reported interest from AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Virgil van Dijk
The Southampton defender has long been linked with a move to Liverpool and it seems very likely that it will come to fruition in the summer.
Liverpool’s defensive woes this season are no secret. They have conceded the most number of goals among all the top-six teams in the league. While Joel Matip has done admirably in his debut season, it is his partners who have struggled. Dejan Lovren’s injury problems seem never-ending, while Ragnar Klavan doesn’t possess the pace or the quality to be a starter week in week out. Klopp has been forced to use midfielder Lucas Leiva at the back but to no success.
Signing Van Dijk will go a long way in solving these issues at the back. Having established himself as one of the best in the division over the past two years, the Dutchman could forge an excellent partnership with Matip and could be the missing key to lead Liverpool to the title.
Another player who has been on Liverpool’s radar for quite some time now, the Olympique Lyon striker has made it clear that he will be leaving the French outfit in the summer, with Premier League being a possible destination.
While Roberto Firmino has done a fine job of leading the line this season, Liverpool do lack a proper out and out striker in the squad who is capable of delivering 20 goals a season. Daniel Sturridge’s injury issues seem perennial and he could be headed out of Anfield in the summer. Danny Ings too has been blighted by long-term injuries while Divock Origi hasn’t really impressed.
Lacazette has been performing at the top of his game for close to three years now and has been instrumental in Lyon’s season that has seen them make it to the semi-finals of the Europa League and occupy 4th place in the Ligue1 table. The 25-year old has scored a whopping 31 goals from 40 games across all competitions and could turn out to be the star signing who could turn Liverpool’s fortunes around. However, his transfer will hinge on Liverpool’s qualification for the Champions League.