Liverpool have wasted very little time recruiting players this summer in order to bolster their squad enough to handle the added Champions League games next season.
On Monday, England international Rickie Lambert was the first new face through the entrance at Anfield, and according to recent reports, he is likely to be followed by German under-21 international Emre Can.
In comparison to the Premier League’s big spenders both Can and Lambert are relatively cheap signings, Can at £9.75m and Lambert at £4m, which in their defence has treated them well up to now, so why change?
Nevertheless, we don’t expect Liverpool to stop buying just yet, but we feel that Tottenham Hotspur will now stop them from having it all their own way.
We take a look at two reasons to why that is the case, and why Chelsea and United pose a smaller threat.
According to reports, Mauricio Pochettino will be handed a war chest of £50million to spend this summer which, in comparison to Manchester United’s supposed £200million one and Chelsea’s obvious financial power, seems fairly moderate.
However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly been offered one at a similar size, although £10million more, at £60million.
Therefore, it’s safe to say that both players won’t be too keen on going up against the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea when it comes to the financial side. It’s all too likely that both Liverpool and Tottenham will be looking at the same pool of players.
Under Sherwood, this wouldn’t have been much of a problem, but as we’ve seen in the past, Pochettino likes to play a similar style and intensity to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
It is another indication the two managers will be even the more likely to start looking at the same players this summer as both will be looking for the personnel to fit their system.
I admit Rickie Lambert was a bit of a curveball, although an astute signing, but I still feel the two highly-rated managers will be looking at more ‘Mediterranean’ style players.
It has already begun…
On Wednesday, The Daily Mail reported Tottenham Hotspur had put the wheels in motion to hijack Liverpool’s move for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno. According to the report, Tottenham Hotspur have tabled a £14m offer plus Roberto Soldado on loan and including Etienne Capoue. A package which, taking Soldado’s record in Spain into consideration, could be an extremely difficult one to turn down.
It didn’t start at Moreno, nor do we think it will end there either, as Adam Lallana, Stefan de Virj, Jay Rodriguez and Nathaniel Clyne amongst others have been notably mentioned with both clubs this summer.
Champions League football will naturally make Liverpool the favourite between the two sides, on paper at least, but Tottenham will fancy their chances in any tug-of-wars this summer, I have no doubts.