The Liverpool legend can understand the club’s lack of transfer activity this summer.
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has commented on the Reds’ transfer window this summer, taking a pragmatic view of the club’s challenges after a sucessful 2018/19 season, The Sunday Post report (11/08 print edition, Post Match supplement page 11).
The recruitment team at Anfield chose not to bring in any big money signings between seasons, with the free transfer of goalkeeper Adrian the only serious addition to the first-team squad.
With a number of key positions lacking real depth, there had been an expectation from some fans that the club could pull off a star player or two to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Former player and manager Dalglish though understands their approach, feeling their was little benefit to adding players that did not improve on the first-team already in place.
As quoted by The Sunday Post (11/08 print edition, Post Match supplement page 11), Daglish said: “Liverpool haven’t made any big-money signings, and everyone at the football club will be comfortable about that.
“They are the Champions of Europe and have an exceptionally-strong squad. There is no point in bringing in new players unless they are an improvement on what you have.
“For every club, that’s not as easy as it sounds.”
Going on to suggest Klopp’s single-mindedness in his approach to football matters is a ‘fantastic quality’ and that Liverpool have done well to retain all of their star talents, it’s clear Dalglish reckons the Reds had a more successful summer window than some critics have suggested.
Should Liverpool have done more?
The Reds’ most obvious lack of depth comes on the defensive flanks, with just teenagers Yasser Larouci and Ki-Jana Hoever available as natural, specialised back-up to Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
However, with players such as Joe Gomez, Fabhino and James Milner able to fill in if required too, it’s not as if Klopp’s team will be left in crisis unless seriously unlucky with injuries.
It’s clear that Klopp is going to put a bit of focus on developing the talent already at the club rather than fill the squad with expensive talent that may contribute enough relative their cost and wages.
Perhaps one more continental class attacker could have been added to support the front three, but that’d be the cherry on top of a delicious team rather than a real necessity.
In hindsight, Klopp and Liverpool may be judged to have made an error by not investing in the squad this summer, but as it stands they’re well placed to compete for trophies with that they have.