What does a perfect summer look like for Arne Slot's Liverpool?

  • There are several things that need to happen for this to be a perfect summer
  • Liverpool must be willing to move on from Starting XI staples 
  • Shrewd transfer business is the order of the day for Edwards and Co.
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Incoming players

Obviously, acquiring forwards is going to be a priority here. In this scenario, Liverpool would need to replace Nunez with a more clinical striker, and Diaz with a winger who might fit the system better.

We'll talk more about why this is the case later, but depth will be needed at right-back and perhaps midfield.

For starters, let's look at a player who may not be around for the long haul, but can improve the team immediately while chipping in at multiple positions.

That would be none other than World Champion Antoine Griezmann, who is coming off of yet another magnificent season for Atlético Madrid and is reportedly available for a transfer fee below €10 million.

The Frenchman isn't a true No. 9, but can play up top, and if that spot is filled, he's a masterful puller of strings from a 10 position, something Liverpool hasn't truly had in ages.

This would provide support for the midfield by allowing players like Dominik Szoboszlai or Alexis Mac Allister to slide back into lower-lying positions with Griezmann acting as the link-up with attack.

Since the idea with Griezmann would be to plug him into multiple roles across the formation, who exactly would be the full-time striker? That would be Alexander Isak of Newcastle United, valued at around €75 million by Transfermarkt.

Either a Nunez or Díaz move would cover his fee, and there are rumblings that the Swedish striker could be available this summer.

He's plenty explosive, scores his chances, is Premier League-proven (21 goals this past season), and is just 23 years old- he would be the perfect target man for Liverpool's next era.

Alexander Isak, Pape Matar Sarr
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It's worth noting that Liverpool don't necessarily need a true winger to directly replace Díaz. Cody Gakpo looked fantastic on the left side at the end of this past season,

Dominik Szoboszlai is arguably most comfortable in that position, which he didn't get to play much in his Liverpool debut campaign, and Diogo Jota can chip in there when healthy, especially if a new striker does come to Anfield.

Of course the right side is manned by Mo Salah, with Harvey Elliott for depth, but an heir apparent to the Egyptian King would be a welcome addition.

For that role, let's look at a Dutch player to play under the new Dutch manager and his Dutch captain; Leeds United's Crysencio Summerville. At 22 years of age, he has plenty of room to grow and develop, but the production is already great.

He racked up 19 goals and nine assists in the Championship this year, and provides some technique and burst along the outside.

His value as per Transfermarkt is a reasonable €20 million, a great windfall for a Championship side, and a true bargain for Liverpool.

You may notice that in this scenario, no central or defensive midfielder has been signed. That's because Liverpool already have all the in-house options they need, even though the position was clearly exposed as one of need this past season.

We also haven't invested in central defense with Matip on the way out. Simply put, Liverpool is fine in that regard; the duo of Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konaté is as strong as any in Europe, and with depth options like Jarell Quansah and Joe Gomez, there's little to worry about on the back line.