Date: 4th August 2019 at 6:00pm
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Steve McManaman has claimed that Liverpool’s financial position might not be as strong this summer as it was last summer.

Liverpool have only signed teenagers Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott since the end of last season and Jurgen Klopp seems to be fairly happy with the strength of his first-team squad despite exits for Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge.

Ex-Reds midfielder McManaman has expressed concern over the lack of incomings at Anfield and has claimed that the Merseyside club might even need to sell players in order to balance the books in the future.

“I think Jurgen’s happy with what he’s got but you can always strengthen if the right person becomes available for the right price,” said McManaman on BT Sport 1 after the match on Sunday [15:15pm].

“I don’t think Liverpool’s finances are as strong this year as they were last year and they may have to sell players or sell some of the fringe players to free up a bit of money.”

OPINION

McManaman says that he thinks Klopp is happy with his current squad, but then suggests that financial issues could also by the reason behind Liverpool’s lack of signings. There’s no way that can be true. Liverpool did spend a lot of money in 2018 when they signed Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, however since then they have got a high-earner in Sturridge off the wage bill, finished second in the Premier League and won the Champions League title. If Klopp wanted to spend money, surely he would be allowed to do so. Liverpool might be taking this summer to just assess what they already have, welcome some players back from loan and try to integrate them into the side and, more importantly, have some consistency about their side. There’s no point in spending bucket loads of cash on new players that they don’t need. It would be a massive shock if Liverpool were forced into selling players.