LFC’s Summer revamp is quickly turning sour

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - AUGUST 01: Manager Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool FC addresses the media during the Pre-match Conference at the National Stadium on August 1, 2023 in Singapore. (Photo by Playmaker/MB Media/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - AUGUST 01: Manager Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool FC addresses the media during the Pre-match Conference at the National Stadium on August 1, 2023 in Singapore. (Photo by Playmaker/MB Media/Getty Images) /

Things were going so well for Liverpool Football Club at the beginning of the summer transfer window. The midfield revamp was well and truly underway with the £35 million arrival of Alexis Mac Allister in swift fashion.

A proven Premier League commodity, the World Cup winner was seen as a perfect start to the summer business for the Reds.

He was in early and has been able to integrate himself into the side throughout the preseason. Mac Allister has looked good during his friendly appearances thus far. He thankfully avoided a serious injury after a clash of knees in the Bayern Munich match.

Just a few weeks later, the club somewhat surprised some people by acquiring the supremely talented Dominik Szoboszlai for £60 million from RB Leipzig.

In partnership with the Argentine, they are a duo that brought a totally new dynamic to the Liverpool midfield and fans became rightly fired up in the hopes the summer revamp would truly be something to behold.

In addition to those two spectacular arrivals, the club had some expected departures in the shape of James Milner, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino.

While none of the above, save for Firmino, were massive contributors last season, they all still featured for the first team at various points last season. That is depth that walked out of the door.

However, as these were expected, there was not much panic among the club or fans. The real issues began to arrive when Captain Jordan Henderson and starting XI fixture Fabinho both unexpectedly had their heads turned by the project in Saudi Arabia.

The process of both players making their exits official took a few weeks. This time saw the Reds still struggling to find their 3rd marquee signing.

Early hot links to Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram fizzled out and were replaced by a love affair with Southampton talented youngster Romeo Lavia.

Yet, no deals have gotten across the line as Liverpool continue to be linked to players all over the world as Fluminese midfielder Andre became the new hot name to follow. That is where the problem lies, as the transfer rumors seem to be jumping between targets with no headway being made.

Lavia, Thuram and Andre would all be spectacular additions. The prices being quoted are not astronomical, so in a perfect world more than one would come to Anfield.

Unfortunately, as things stand, it looks like Liverpool have had their vault sealed and shut after the first two signings. Even with an influx of cash from the Henderson and Fabinho deals, the club still refuses to put more money into their dealings.

The revamp that began so well has stalled and now, with the Premier League season fast approaching, it looks like Liverpool will not get a 3rd new addition brought in before opening kickoff.

Another worrying trend is while the defense has been leaking goals all preseason, there have been no concrete bids for new defenders as well.

Watching the team struggle to rebuild the midfield leaves no comfort in the defense being properly addressed.

What began as a summer of excitement and hope has quickly taken on a darker tone. With Nat Phillips being linked to an exit of his own, that would be yet another 1st team squad option walking out the door with no reinforcements imminent.

Is it possible Liverpool pulls a rabbit out of the hat and makes multiple signings in the next week? Sure, of course it is. However, the fact that is has come to the point where an 11th hour piece of magic is needed proves the issue at hand.

Liverpool and even Jurgen Klopp are very good at talking the talk. Klopp has continuously talked up his players, as he should. However, it is slowly falling on deaf ears as the world can see more help is needed.

A club of Liverpool’s stature should not be constantly painted into a corner as they currently are. We addressed the lack of depth before, but it seems as if ownership and those in charge are oblivious or simply care more about staying in the black.

This business strategy puts an immense amount of pressure on the manager to work a miracle and coach a depleted but still talented side into the Top 4 and contend for silverware.

The good vibes around the revamp that were abound after Mac Allister and Szoboszlai arrived is now gone. It has been replaced by angst and anger among the fan base.

Time will tell if the club are listening and can acknowledge the issue at hand. The clock is ticking.

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