After missing out on the Premier League title by just a single point before claiming their sixth European crown, Liverpool may not feel they need to do much business this summer. However, they are desperate to win the Premier League and may be a little concerned that main rivals, Manchester City, have already spent more than £75m on Zach Steffen, Rodri and Angeliño.
Closing the gap to City
So far, the Reds have added teenagers Jakub Ojrzynski, Conor Bradley and Sepp van den Berg to their roster for less than £2m plus add-ons but have yet to land a big-name signing. Of those three, van den Berg is the only one likely to get anywhere near the first team this season, with any appearances most likely limited to domestic cup games. But there is a feeling that if Jurgen Klopp’s men do not add some extra quality during this window, they could fall behind City when their goal is to overtake them. The Reds are currently priced at 5/2 in the football betting to win the Premier League, while City are priced at 4/6.
Familiar faces set to return
The big problem is who to sign? Klopp seems happy with his squad and could have the fully fit trio of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana to call upon. All three players can make strong contributions when they are fit but they are hardly names to get the fans excited.
Pepe talks denied by the club
One name that has been mentioned is that of Nicolas Pepe. Lille president Gerard Lopez appeared to confirm that talks about the transfer of the 24-year-old had already taken place between the two parties, suggesting a deal could happen. However, Liverpool have so far denied any contact. The forward bagged 22 and 11 assists as the French club claimed second place in Ligue 1 last term and has also been the subject of interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.
Liverpool already have a potent front three, with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane having netted 56 times between them last season. But with Daniel Sturridge now departed, there is room for a talented back-up striker who can compete for a place in the starting XI alongside Divock Origi. For Pepe, the move would represent a risk and he will need a strong belief in his own ability if he is going to put himself in a position where he will have to fight for first-team football at such an important stage in his career.
Mauro Icardi and other links
Liverpool have also been linked with want-away striker Mauro Icardi of Inter Milan, 22-year-old midfielder Dani Ceballos of Real Madrid and veteran full-back Dani Alves, who is currently a free agent.
However, the team from Merseyside have been keeping their cards close to their chest and may even decide to stick with what they have heading into the new season. Klopp has already suggested that the club won’t spend big as he believes the current squad is capable of competing at the highest level.