What Will Klopp’s Liverpool Side Look Like Next Season? – Analysing The Transfer Window So Far

What Will Klopp’s Liverpool Side Look Like Next Season? – Analysing The Transfer Window So Far
Jul 30, 2016


After a rollercoaster season, Jürgen Klopp has his sights on a first Barclays Premier League title win in over 27 years. Klopp’s first season has been very eventful with his side having to focus on league games and also games in Europe which was a difficult task.

At the end of the season with a disappointing defeat in the Europe league final. It was hard to get over. From then Klopp has nailed down targets in certain positions which needs assessing, Which positions need assessing and which players need to go?

Left Back-

Transfers are duo to be told as the summer goes on, with left back being a main priority with Alberto Moreno having a frustrating season. Moreno doesn’t look like to have a long-term future at Liverpool with him not adapting to English football however, Klopp doesn’t look to sell Moreno during the window but does look forward to buying an competitive left back to challenge Alberto Moreno throughout the season.

Jonas Hector has been targeted at Left back, Hector is an nailed down start for both clubs and country and has triggered interested from Germany and England. Hector’s main assets are Composure, Passing and Defending, he’s been likened to Clyne but left footed at plays on the other flank.

Klopp should defiantly target a player at Hector’s ability because he needs players that have the willingness to run through walls for him and the team. He would defiantly suit the Klopp philosophy with the high press and the quick football. With Klopp targeting the 6 ft left back, Klopp likes a tall player with him addressing this to his staff and going out into the market early and getting Marko Grujic and Jöel Matip at 6 ft 4 for €7 million.

The introduction of Ragnar Klavan was strange and was very unexpected. For €3 million it seems like a deal that can’t go wrong. Klavan is a natural centre half who can also play left back when needed, he’s also the Estonian captain and has been for 4 years now.

From his interview as a player, to me, it suggests that Klavan has the same ego as ex Liverpool player, Kolo Toure. I have no doubt that he will be an fans favourite for the future. He has a great personality and seems like all round sound guy. Another really good buy Liverpool and the fee wasn’t too much which is always good.

Controlling Midfielder-

A controlling midfielder is a target with Jordan Henderson’s future be in doubt and James Milner’s even with him getting the most goals and assists in the top five leagues.

Mahmoud Dahoud from Borussia Mönchengladbach is being targeted. Mahmoud Dahoud has registered 5 goals and 8 assists last season which is very impressive for a young lad at 20 years old, he has been valued at a €30 million euro fee therefore the Reds seemly are ready to go into advanced talks with the German international with him opening his options. It will seem that Liverpool are waiting for an fee from West Ham/Crystal Palace for Benteke then go all out for him after.

His awareness to the game has been superb and can find space when being under pressure, he takes many touches and can travel with the ball when needed. At his age he’s very comfortable and a very special talent.

Dahoud is accustomed to playing in centre midfield but has played in an attacking role many times. It’s rumoured that Klopp wanted Dahoud when he was 17 when he was at Dortmund but a fee couldn’t be agreed, Klopp is a huge fan and if he does sign, he will fit in perfectly with Liverpool Midfielder Emre Can. Dahoud’s agent is the same agent of Emre Can which is an coincidence.

Emre Can anchoring the back four with Dahoud dictating play would be perfect for the system and the future with them only being in their early twenties, they won’t reach their peaks until the next 5 years and have many year to improve and become better players.

Dahoud also has offers from Germans Giants Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich which could be tempting with Dortmund and Bayern having Champions League football next season.

Wijnaldum is an edition to the team and looks set to play an important and main role for next season, Wijnaldum can play as an controlling midfielder, winger and a attacking midfielder. He’s a versatile player who has a quick pace of speed and has lungs like an horse.

Even with the edition on Wijnaldum from Newcastle, I believe that another controlling midfielder is still needed. Last season the midfield was the main weakness for us and it certainly was our downfall with us failing to capture European football. This certainly needed addressing.

Attaching Midfielder/Winger-

Mané can play as a centre forward or an winger on ether flank. His explosive pace is freighting to defenders and can be a huge difference to the attack with Firmino, Coutinho, Sturridge, Origi, Wijnaldum etc.

With the addition of Mané its added balance and with Sheyi Ojo and Lazar Markovic being only out and out wingers. Mané has the potential to be world class player and Klopp can certainly turn him into one, with Klopp’s monitoring and applying to what Klopp wants, he can has every chance of being a genuine world class player. Klopp has been a fan of Mané for a long time and sees him as an integral part to the squad, he wouldn’t spend £30 million on a player to sit on the bench.

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Another attacking player in not on the plans but the likes of Sofiane Boufal from Lille is being linked heavily with a move. It would be strange move because of the depth we have in the position but Boufal quality shouldn’t be underestimated. He’s a player Klopp would try to get in the near future. It’s unlikely but I wouldn’t rule it out by an means.

Its seems to me that Klopp wants to go back and try implement the style of Liverpool in the 13/14 season. We might concede 2 but we’ll score 4. He’s certainly taking the approach of that with no experienced centre defence midfielder in the squad, from the exception of Lucas Levia who won’t start in the XI.


The recent departure of Skrtel and Ibe has showed that Klopp will be ruthless if you don’t train to his standards.

Benteke is being linked away with a move to ether Crystal Palace or West Ham United for £30 million. It’s not like it hasn’t been coming with Benteke being out favoured to young star, Divock Origi. Benteke simply doesn’t suit the style that Klopp will implement onto the side. His last performances for Liverpool weren’t very convincing ether.

Lazar Markovic’s position at the club is under threat due to Schalke and Sporting Lisbon being interested with an permanent move. He’s position has always been uncertain since his move in 2014 from Benfica. He hasnt adapted to the style of the English Premier League and it’s believed that Sheyi Ojo is headed of him in the pecking order.

The likes of Andre Wisdom, Joe Allen, Smith etc, Have been uncertain whether their futures lie and are they at Anfield, It’s seemed it’s not because it doesn’t look like none of them can’t get into the first squad, let alone the first XI. It’s very likely that they will be sold with Stoke City being interested in Allen and Bournemouth are interested in Smith.

Will there be anymore outgoings or incomings?

By Jack Frankham @LFCJack_

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